On Wednesday of last week, we met with nature artist and friend, Pam Johnson Brickell, and her husband, Rob, at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens to visit and see more of the place than Sweetie and I saw Monday. We actually got to see everything except one tall lookout tower that no one wanted to climb :)
And I so enjoyed touching base with Pam again while we were in her neighborhood (she lives in South Carolina but not far from Savannah).
While we were in the orchid house with Sweetie taking tons of photos, Pam got out her watercolor sketching kit and tried to capture those crazy mean-looking orchids! I just tried with my camera and I couldn't get a decent shot but you get what you get.
After a nice lunch together, catching up, we all went our separate ways, but I hope to visit again with her next time we are in her area. She is so talented - and she and her hubby are good people!
Some more interesting homes in Savannah for you.
Sweetie really liked the Victorians, especially their doors and all the pretty work on the porches.
This lovely green cottage on Jones Street was abutted up to a house that was falling down. The windows were boarded up, the shutters were falling off and it hadn't had a lick of paint for a long time. Savannah prides itself on its ghosts (every older home "claims" to have one), and I'm sure if there is one, it's in this house!
So I'm calling this:
The Neighbors are Rattling Their Chains Again, Dear!
And while this is not a pretty house, it is the place where the southern author, Flannery O'Connor, got her start in Savannah.
And right beside it is this little lending library = cool!
Open the box, leave a book and take a book :)
I've tried to read O'Connor's work but can't seem to get past the frequent use of the N word in her stories - it just jars on me and I always put the book aside for another time. I know it's a sign of her times, but...
On Thursday, we visited the SCAD Museum of Art to see the work of Chiharu Shiota, who works with old items/relics and threads (mostly red and black). Here is her installation created just for the SCAD Museum of Art. It takes up a whole room and each thread is hand tied and placed. It was a mesmerizing thing to walk into and around it.
The piece was called
I purchased a book of her other work and love the ones with white dresses and black threads - look her up. There is something really elegant and hypnotic about her installations with thread and dresses, thread and old suitcases, thread and old shoes, etc.
On Friday, we visited the Oatland Island Wildlife Refuge and saw their wolf pack, more honeybees and hives, owls, hawks, wood storks nesting around the pond, lots of blue-tailed skinks in the leaf litter, etc. Then time to start sorting, packing, and thinking about the early morning drive to the airport to head home.
It was a pretty full week of doing something all the time!
We had a wonderful time and I have plenty of reference photos to use for future paintings so...time to get back at it!
For those in the US, have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.
And for those in the Cincinnati/NKY area, don't forget, Summerfair is coming June 2-4, our weekend art fair at Coney Island.