From the first time I saw this beautiful shot-up metal ammo box I knew it was destined to become part of the Cactus Lighting group.
The Amo Lightbox is hung from a manzanita branch that was burned in the 2013 Cranston fire near Idyllwild. When left to dry in the sun Manzanita wood turns from red to a silver gray.
Dimmable and romantic, this one-of-a-kind lamp is an example of the creative reuse and upscaling of scavenged materials.
Garden Art Too
Images of the garden at Vista Chino between 2014-2018. The garden is constantly undergoing change, and even in the desert we have planting, blooming, growing, and dormant seasons. We can plant here from mid-September through late spring, April/May. After the heat starts letting up in September a 2-3 month period of concentrated bloom and growth occurs. Then as nights cool down in late November and December the bloom slows and we face our chilliest months, January, and February, which is our winter dormant period. Then another dazzling spring frenzy of bloom happens from late February through May. Summer months are all about survival and once again we face a pseudo dormant period, and in August, generally our hottest month, even the high heat bloomers can only take so much before they shut down, leaves curled slightly.
“There are many who would plant a garden, but few who are gardeners.”
Making gardenArt challenges my imagination in regards to what is beautiful and what is ugly within the context of a garden setting. I utilize found organic materials, recycled decorative art, discarded satellite dishes, garden pots and other whimsey for my gardenArt assemblages; chollaBowls, alters, good luck charms, windchimes, shot metal wall and fence lights, and cactus lanterns.
Much of my personal inspiration is derived from the relationship I have with my home garden. It is my daily go-to, a private experience with nature, and is doubly important when I can’t hit the desert roads for some exploring and pic taking.
I think of my garden as a personal laboratory where I can experiment with light, plants – and hone design and horticultural skills. The garden is where I go to express creativity, sit in the sun, contemplate, meditate, exercise, and generally commune with nature. Click for More Garden Image Galleries
Hanging Cactus Lantern
cactusLanterns© are crafted from discarded propane tanks that taken out to the firing range and use for target practice. No two lanterns are exactly alike. Finishes, bullet patterns, and shapes/dimensions may vary due to handmade nature of lanterns
(Right: 12″ Hanging Cactus Lanterns $129 Below: Cactus Lantern Garden Light Covers $89)
Lost Horizons Series Vintage Photo Collages
Lost Horizons is a series of photo collages based on roadside images shot while traveling the backroads of the Mojave Desert between Palm Springs and Las Vegas. Infinite vistas of sand and mountains. Decaying ruins. Miles of jurassic Joshua Tree forests. Trains heading east and west so long they slide into infinity. Desert life hides everywhere in plain site, gulping the scant moisture brought in with the cool nights, displaying a spurt of life and growth either side of the hot months. The long summer days when life enters a state of suspended animation, coming alive at dusk and disappearing with the first hot rays of morning sunlight.
Painted Ladies San Francisco California 1974-1986
I recently acquired two soft back books, “Painted Ladies” and “Painted Ladies Revisited”.
I wasn’t living in San Francisco when the first book, “Painted Ladies” came out in 1977, but a few of the houses I painted between 1980-1986 appeared in “Painted Ladies Revisited” published in 1987.
The following is an excerpt about 908 Steiner with before and after pics to the right, a couple houses I painted on the left and the pink lady across the square to the west.
“In the last few years, the house has reverted to an understated design on the exterior. Bill Wilson created a richly colored scheme that incorporates eight colors of blues, grays, whites, and burgundy to show off the Corinthian pillars and bracketed cornice. With its subtlety and sophistication, 908 is now a symbol for the new generation”
There was always much more involved in a paint job than throwing up some paint. Burning and sanding, repairing the century old redwood, hand stripping pot metal (the top of each corinthian column at 908 Steiner was made from upwards of 60 pieces of molded pot metal), gold and silver leafing, replacing missing finials and other millwork.