One of the unexpected pleasures of moving to Texas has been the rich and varied landscape here. Having lived in the Northeast most of my life, I’m accustomed to the lush green countryside of New England and its seaside villages. Yet in Texas I’m greeted by a much more rugged, open scenery, brimming with earthy tones and textures.
It’s these textures that seem to be drawing me lately as inspiration for upcoming projects both here and in other parts of the country. I love the combination of the desert’s cracked earth and layered stone juxtaposed against vibrant plant and animal life. The textures are rich, but I also love that everywhere I turn there is some interesting combination of neutral colors—whether tone on tone, like local stone walls, or the contrast of chocolate brown and white cotton against the blue sky. If you know my work, you know I love neutral tones. Not only have I had fun exploring the new design resources here, but the landscape has been a compelling inspiration as well.
Below is just a sampling of the textures and colors I’m loving lately, including a few images I took this weekend while visiting Dinosaur Valley National Park, outside of Fort Worth:
Petrified wood and rock glass
Longhorn via Fine Art America
Prickly pear cactus
From Dinosaur National Park
Wild turkey feathers
Also from Dinosaur Valley National Park