Saturday, March 29, 2008
Arboretum Bouquet Redeaux
Yesterday, Florence (http://www.flickr.com/photos/inker1) and I met in Raleigh and took a leisurely tour of the Community College System's art display (yes, the same place as the reception held earlier).... but sans crowds and with a guide. We took the so-needed time and slower pace to really study each piece -- from quilts to pottery, to sculpture to oils to the few watercolors. I am amazed at how many pieces I missed earlier!! And there is always something added when a friend, also interested in art, joins you in the viewing -- somehow your vision is enhanced and both of you see more. It was quite enjoyable!!
We then ate outdoors, basking in the 75F weather, at a most wonderful West Indian restaurant, chatting and sharing and dreaming all the while.
After lunch, we took a leisurely stroll through the JC Raulston Arboretum, snapping 'reference' photos for both art, and for me, ideas for our own plant installations.
It was terrifically relaxing and so SO enjoyable to share what one loves with someone who loves the same things!! Thank you, Florence for the visit and the much-needed leisure!!!
I finished my redo of the Arboretum bouquet I did earlier this week in ink and wash. The bouquet I brought home to use to complete my drawing was pretty well drooped -- but I used it (and the photo I took) to judge color and placement. The double daffodills were still living -- and I could finally take the time to accent those incredible centers, especially the tri-color one of white, peach and yellow.
Our temperatures are MUCH cooler this weekend (these fluctuations happen each spring in NC), so I'm hoping that when I return to work on Monday the daffodills will still look as perky on the grounds as they did when I left on Thursday.