An 1800’s basket.
This was photographed at Casa San Ysidro: The Gutierrez/Minge House in Corrales, New Mexico. This complex is part of and run by the Albuquerque, Museum. It’s full of rooms which are full of objects dating back in history. This particular basket was in the hallway entrance. Although the basket is indeed beautiful by itself I wanted to work with it in an artistic way to invoke the feelings I had when seeing it. I hope you like my rendition.
I found this sewing basket at a local Goodwill store. When I see something handmade like this I can’t help but appreciate the skill in making it. The top to the basket is in the foreground and fits beautifully. The basket inspired me to do this still life. As you can see, we don’t have a sewing machine. :)
Originally I had planned on having a fall blooming clematis vine but the flower, being extremely delicate began withering before I had hoped. So what to do. Time for some Black Eyed Susans instead which may have worked out better, but still keeping the vine.
While working in the garden over the years, I have saved some of these beach pebbles because of their shape. I'm picky, so out of the thousands, I kept but a few. Recently, I decided to spend some quiet time trying to stack and balance them. It was fun and the concentration required can bring a heightened peace and presence, unless one falls off the table onto your foot! :)
I named this southern comfort because I imagined the vase to be something I might see in the southern U.S. It has been broken at one time and repaired and handed down to us. Since the daylilies are in bloom I thought it would be a great time to immortalize them both. I used window light and black fabric to get this effect plus a little photoshop.
One of my photographic images. A Still Life of cherries. I have found that like life, the cherries can be likened to our life experiences and memories, sweet and sour. And then there are the pits of course! :).
The intricate beauty and magic of creation is perhaps what motivates me to be a gardener along with the great peace of being close to nature. I built my garden over three years as a retreat and a place for meditation. This is my first planting of Iris in the garden and it gets to have it’s picture taken. :)