Tuesday, April 5, 2011

California Natives

About 5 years ago, I became obsessed with gardening. I mainly enjoy growing vegetables and more recently, California native plants. I even took some horticulture classes at Foothill College and later on was so fortunate to work for Agi Kehoe maintaining gardens for like, half a year. My favorite thing about native plants are the wildlife - bugs, bumble bees, butterflies and birds, oh my! Since then, I have much incorporated plants and flowers and bugs into my art. It's weird, every once in a while I would pick up my "California Native Plants for the Garden" book and read it from cover to cover as if it was, let's say, Bukowski's "Ham On Rye" (my all time favorite book). I know... dorky. Anyway, the last time I did it, I got this idea of personifying the plants, some of their descriptions in the book just lent itself to it. So, here's my first batch, I actually put it together as a zine which I am not so happy about layout-wise. But here's the art:

Arctostaphylos species (Manzanita)
-"unique beauty and grace" and "fragrant winter blossoms"

Ceanothus species (California Lilac)
-"They grow in some of California's harshest habitats."

Oxalis oregana (Redwood Sorrel)
- "delicate and tenacious character"
Romneya coulteri (Matilija Poppy)
- "queen of wild flowers"