Sunday, September 06, 2009

painted garden





my friend oona's childhood house is one of the first that was built in bolinas, and the building itself is full of character. her mom also has beautiful art/furniture throughout the house. it's a storybook house. and the garden is amazing!

after passing through a wooden gate and beneath pale pink rose bushes, you come to parallel hedges that make a square shape around the front porch. you can walk through the narrow path the hedges create, to the sides/back of the house where you are released into the outstanding garden that bursts forth in all colors and directions. oona's mom, a., is a masterful gardener and horticulturist. (she studies and teaches about native grasses, and she remembers all those latin names for plants.) she plans her garden carefully, but it does not have contained, prim sections; it's the kind of garden that you feel might envelope you. it encourages dreaming. i think a. plans her garden to look like a painting. dabs of vermilion are actually bobbing poppies, and strokes of blue are delphinium (?) bending toward you. it's no wonder oona is a painter. (paintings above are by oona, from years ago.)

4 comments:

janis said...

This sounds like the garden space I dream about... nice you were able to take part in it, even for one day :)

* said...

I adore these paintings! It makes me want to go back to the lovely studio life, the brushes, the rich smell of oil paints.....(sigh)

Kerstin Svendsen said...

i adore them too. the top one has a parnter one that goes with it that i love too. here is her newer work: http://oonaratcliffe.com

aya said...

beautiful colors! i love the details you can see in the bottom photo.