Wednesday, October 23, 2013

@tigrelili on Instagram!

Friends! Are you on instagram? You can find me & follow some of my adventures here:


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Stephen Eichhorn

Friends! Stephen Echhorn! Check him out! It made my day looking through his work on plants and cats (that began as a joke and then took off, naturally). Seriously though, I am so loving these photo collages. 

Also, thank you so much for your awesome responses to my Plants Anonymous post! They made me smile so big. We should start a club...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Plants Annonymous

newly purchased flowering lemon verbena plant + flowers

the vendor said this is an African... and before he could finish i already had purchased it

this is why i went to the mart in the first place, not for plants

discovered pink lace (on the left)  too and am really swooning over it

coffee + english muffin prepared by elijah for me, my bfast of champions on busy flower mornings

I counted our plants the other day while watering them and realized that we have 26 in our home alone, not including our garden in the back. This is what it looks like on paper:

26 plants + 5 cats + 1 dog + 1 fish 
(I'm not even including 4 week old Chamomile in the cat tally--mine and V.v.'s recent forage on a morning walk two weeks ago. I know, I know. . . more on her later)

I realized something yesterday morning while I was at the mart looking to source flowers for a very special event happening this weekend. I have felt this sensation in the past whenever I am around nurseries, gardens, fields, heck even Home Depot. I get completely drawn into the flora world. My mind gets distracted with the slightest glimpse of any green friend. I get pulled into them, linger over them, touch their little leaves. My heart starts to pound and I am sure that my pupils dilate. My hands might even start to sweat a little and it is almost as though I am on a hunt and my prey is finally in plain sight ready for me to pounce.  I truly feel a rush. Then it's over and I am at complete peace, usually with my new green friend sitting in the car in the passengers seat or if on the larger side then in the back seat.  It is only a matter of time from the hunt that it is placed in a pot, watered thoroughly and placed in what I think is the perfect spot for it in terms of light. I introduce it to all the other plants by placing the new plant in between the others in the tub during weekly waterings. I tell them all to say hello and to make our new green friend feel welcomed as a new member of the family. Have I told you too much? I don't believe that I have ever written a post like this before. I just wanted to you let in. I might have a slight addiction to plants. 

So yesterday, as I was trying my best to breeze through the nurseries at the mart to get to more flowers (why I was there in the first place mind you), a flowering lemon verbena entered my plane of vision. I stopped. My heart's beat started to feel stronger. I started to imagine it sitting pretty in my garden. We need this flowering herb I told myself! I don't have one and I can make tea with it and Elijah can use it for his drink botany and . . . and . . . ! Before I knew it, I was in the car with all my flowers + a newly purchased and stunning flowering lemon verbena plant and a tree. I picked up the phone immediately while making my way back home. Hello, Elijah, I did it again. . .

How many plants do you have?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Nanna Hänninen

I discovered Nanna Hänninen's work while spending time over here, and I am so glad that I did. I especially like the pine tree hovering above the still water in the last one I posted. I like the mixed media. What do you think? It adds another layer to her photographs and renders them more interesting.

So glad that you shared her with us Dana! What a sweet blog you have too.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Field Art from Wilder Quarterly


Friends! You know what a big lover and admirer I am of Wilder Quarterly (I am fairly certain that you too are such grand fans)! Well they are having a really inspiring kickstarter project to create artist residencies in different cities all in the name of nature and art. After my own heart! Please take a moment to have a look at what they are trying to set free into the universe and give a buck or two? C'mon, when do I ever ask this of you? So excited for this! ;)


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Andy Goldsworthy

Are you familiar with Andy Goldsworthy's ephemeral work? It seems as though beings from another world created these. I have been quite in awe of his work now for a couple of years. He draws his inspiration from nature herself and uses his hands and his incredibly sound patience to create these natural masterpieces that over time will go back into the earth where they came from. No tricks here; honesty, time, vision and steadfast determination. He also will humbly speak of the many days that he doesn't accomplish his vision, or even come close, which I sympathize with (then again don't we all?). See for yourself here.

"For me looking, touching, material, place and form are all inseparable from the resulting work. It is difficult to say where one stops and another begins. Place is found by walking, direction determined by weather and season. I take the opportunity each day offers: if it is snowing, I work in snow, at leaf-fall it will be leaves; a blown over tree becomes a source of twigs and branches.

Movement, change, light growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I try to tap through my work. I need the shock of touch, the resistance of place, materials and weather, the earth as my source. I want to get under the surface. When I work with a leaf, rock, stick, it is not just that material itself, it is an opening into the processes of life within and around it. When I leave it, these processes continue.

The energy and space around a material are as important as the energy and the space within."