When I return to Aspen every summer, I’m continually (and happily) astounded with the green on green surrounding me. I realize that this is the third of my posts on the subject of green, but as the foundation of nature, and the perfect counterpoint to every color, I can think of nothing more deserving of this attention.
The catalyst for this topic, however, was not Aspen, but a lunch I held recently at Weatherstone for the patrons and director of Delaware’s Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, who were in the area on a gardening and architectural tour. Having spoken before at this spectacular source of beauty, I was excited to have these old friends stop by.
I’ve mentioned before that most of my inspiration comes from nature, and when it comes, it is usually spontaneous, and cannot be predicted. This happened once again when I spied a number of extraordinary hydrangeas being unloaded at the garden nursery and farmers market in Sharon. Some of you will recall my dreams of having enormous blue and pink snowball hydrangeas grace my garden, but I have long given up on this, surrendering to Mother Nature, who clearly would prefer we stick to the green varieties called Limelight here in north west Connecticut.
Along with these beautiful specimens, I included many varieties of leaves in the table arrangements. Here I must explain that my obsession with leaves has reached epic levels, and I can only put it down to the observation I now partake in when using my watercolors. Previously in the fashion world, my eye was trained in color and texture, but nothing in comparison to what one must note in painting. I am now so easily transfixed with the shades and textures in even the most simple of leaves, and have a renewed understanding of how basic greenery has inspired great artists throughout history. Even the seemingly mundane cabbage acted as a powerful muse for the famous 18th century French and English porcelain designers. Is it any wonder these pieces are some all time favorites of my collection?!
So, my thanks for bearing with this green bent of mine, but as a major part of every flower, I think it qualifies for some coverage of its own, cr.
I couldn’t resist some more video practice!