Our new home is an easy drive to a grove of giant Sequoias. I had never before seen these particular big trees. Although they are related to coast redwoods, they are as different as second cousins twice removed. Where the coast redwoods seem to doze in the soft green light and drippy air of their coastal home, the giant Sequoias seem alive and awake, the colors of tree, leaf and sky sharp and at attention in the bright clear air of the mountains.
Fall is settling in, and the forest floor rang with sudden shouts of yellow and red.
I feel like this place is already affecting my artwork. My eyes want to taste new colors; I’m aching to serve up a new palette for the landscape.
When I’m in the mountains I feel something in me change, like my heart is opening up, like there is more space in the back of my skull. I’m so excited to paint there!