Log Book: Keys Creek Lavender Farm

A moment in the Keys Creek Lavender Farm fields (5/31/2014)
A moment in the Keys Creek Lavender Farm fields (5/31/2014)

Keys Creek Lavender Farms just north of San Diego opens to visitors during the blooming season in May and June.  I had the opportunity to tag along on a photographers’ shoot to raise funds for the repair of the farm’s recently collapsed beehive.  On Saturday, costumed models posed in the fields, photographers hovered, captured beauty like the honeybees toiling in the lavender.  I sat in the fields – out of the shots – observing the shapes and texture of its petals, the bend of its stems.  In the last two years, I have been collecting sketchbooks, oil pastels, colored pencils — carting them back and forth across the US — mostly unused because I don’t know how to draw, but I like office supplies.  And finally, I opened my sketchbook, started with dots, circles, then small buds, stems, followed the light, watched how the sun touched everything.  It didn’t matter that I hadn’t been trained, I reached for the essence the best that I could, looking for new ways to see.

2 Comments

  1. This: “In the last two years, I have been collecting sketchbooks, oil pastels, colored pencils — carting them back and forth across the US — mostly unused because I don’t know how to draw, but I like office supplies.”

    I figure I love that line, because I do the same exact thing. Finally, I added BOTANICAL DRAWING IN COLOR by Wendy Hollender (picked it up at NTBG visitor center) to my drawing and colored pencils when I went to New Zealand last year and taught myself how to draw apples and tulips and other beginning drawing things. And it was great!

    But back to your line above, I love how you state so matter-of-factly that you tote your art supplies around the country because, simply, you like office supplies!

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