Sunday, July 31, 2011

Alders in Summer / Norma`s Garden

A mixed watermedia on prepared paper.
In 1986, I helped my brother Mike and his wife Norma move into their new home out in the country. The site had been carved out of pastureland and literally nothing was there, just bare dirt and the house. These photos are a testament to one woman`s vision and the phenomenal fertility of the Northwest. Norma`s garden is a work of art I`ve seen evolve all these years. It`s truly breathtaking.
In mid June after cutting my hair, Mike asked if I had time to come by the house and see the garden. Because of our long wet spring, everything was at it`s peak a month late. I left the shop, went and got some Burgerville, and we sat under the 'big top' eating as it gently rained. Such a perfect moment is rare.
My awesome, glamorous sister in law not only creates magical environments, she`s an inventive photographer as well.


Maureen said...

What marvelous gardening talent Norma has. How inspiring and refreshing in must be to take respite there.

Does Norma has a Website for her photography?

Jo Reimer said...

OMG... this place is truly glorious. What a wonderful place in which to make art.

Lorna Cahall said...

Wonderful. I'm a big fan of your work and I'm glad you have such an inspiring gardener around, too.

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Looks like an idyllic place to partake of Burgerville....such growth and lushness........gorgeous!