Quintus showed us around the beautiful property where he lives with wildflower meadows and and an arboretum of diverse trees. Here are a few pictures with more to come later. This blog is about some of the beauty I saw that inspired me for future work in my studio. I shoot with a still camera not as an end in itself but as a reference and starting point for my drawings/paintings.
Lacy cypress fronds
Quintus's cypress swamp on his beautiful preserve property
I took lots of shots of this river birch on Quintis's land for a future tree painting. I love the peeling, curling bark.
There are palmetto mounds in McCurtain County.
There are lots of boggy spots and I made the mistake of going into the woods off the road to see more palmetto and was instantly attacked by the largest mass of mosquitos I have ever experienced. I high-tailed it out of there!
Here are some closeups of patterns and textures of pots and textiles from the Museum of the Red River that I found inspiring. In a later blog you will get more of a sense of this wonderful museum from wide shots and also from the large collection in storage as well as on display. As you will see I love pattern and design.
The intricate design is stunning.
As well as the beautiful form......
Creek Seminole Shoulder Bag
I used some of these patterns for a series of paintings I did including tropical plants and mixed media.
Choctaw Shoulder Bag
An African Pot with wonderful texture. I believe Henry Moy said this was a water pot?????
These are two closeups are from long scrolls made of Waxed Cloth from Quizhow, China. I love all the detail and pattern work.