Art of the Matter: Road Trip!
Presidents' Day weekend I traveled to Southern California to visit family. . . then I remembered I had an Arizona-related blog post to write, and I wasn’t in the state.
So instead of Arizona culture, we’re easing through the week with one of my favorite places for art in California: The Huntington Library.
The Huntington Library is, according to it’s website, “one of the world’s great cultural, research, and educational centers,” and (if you have a car, and the patience) only a short five hour and 30 minute drive! However, my favorite part, and often the only part I visit, is the 120-acre array of botanical gardens.
I visit these gardens for inspiration, as I’m sure many Californian artists do as well. The colors and variety are what make this place so amazing, and as an artist who works mostly in black and whites, I am always amazed at how beautiful the colors look together.
Here are some highlights of the trip:
The Conservatory, where there are interactive displays, but more importantly where there are a lot of pretty flowers.
The Statue Garden was lined with sculptures of various mythological creatures.
The Chinese Garden included a pagoda, many a cherry blossom and koi fish!
The Japanese Gardens, or the Zen and Bonsai courts.
The Desert Garden was by far my favorite. The succulents are beautiful, and I was very much drawn to all of the gardens. (Probably because it reminded me so much of Arizona…*readers collectively aww*)
And lastly, some gratuitous zoom-shots of pretty flowers. You’re welcome.
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