I love trees and artful expression of trees. If I’ve had no recent revelations to blog about, I can always express myself through the art of trees. I was recently travelling with these arty folks again. We all love photography, painting and looking at art. Per chance, we rented a house on East Sound, right next door to Leo Lambiel’s home and art museum.
We arrived in time to experience our first sunset on the pines and madronas of our bluff. Even though my Mom’s family is from and still lives in Washington, I don’t recall noticing madronas on earlier visits. I wasn’t familiar with their curvy branches and stunningly red bark. They always look like the sun is setting on them. Here on Orcas Island, we were constantly reminded of their presence in natural settings as well as in the community’s artwork.
The next day, we walked next door for a tour at Mr. Lambiel’s home and museum. His art collection starts at the fence leading up to his front gate where this metal works madrona was created by artist Todd Spalti.
Within Lambiel’s Museum, there were numerous custom murals and original paintings by artist and musician James Hardman.
While exploring a gallery a few days later, I discovered another madrona painted by Carl Buttke.
Now thoroughly inspired, and with a glass of wine, I attempted my own madronas. They are very difficult to paint, especially at sunset because the vivid color made me lose my perspective. Perhaps that’s why so much of the local art is impressionistic – or maybe I just need more practice!