Roxanne Stout's Mixed Media Nature Journal clas

Roxanne took this photo of me on the second day of our class, when we went on a field trip to Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma, California. The task before us was to sketch and take photos of the many unusual sculpture gardens on site, and I went a little crazy on the photos. In this photo, an olive fell out of the tree above me on my sketchbook so I decided that it was asking to be included. I used my watercolor pens and it came out pretty good in the end.

I saw a lot of tapestry designs in these photos. I was going to say that the eucalyptus garden was my favorite because of the smell and the concept (three walls formed from a fallen eucalyptus tree) but then I remembered the lines and shapes of the agaves but then I remembered the beautiful grassland paths but then I remembered the reflections in the pool with the lily podlike structure…oh well, you get the idea. More photos at my Flickr site.

Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma, California

Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma, California

Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma, California In the eucalyptus garden

Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma, CaliforniaTook lots of reflection shots here

Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma, California

Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma, California

Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma, California

Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma, California

Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma, California