Because this part of town is where the first Portuguese settlers of the mid-1800's built their homes, the fields on the west side of Mendocino village became known as "Portuguese Flats." It was high noon on a bright spring day, and the group of tall flowers (tower of jewels is what these amazing plants in the borage family are called) were in full bloom, as well as the exotic tropical like tree next to them. What a perfect time to capture this iconic little scene. When I first saw Mendocino, the traditional New England style cottages -- all nestled together among the golden fields, wild grasses and weathered redwood fences formed such unique little glimpses into California's historic past. I fell in love with the place!
Two shows I am currently in: Scharffenberger Cellars in Anderson Valley as part of the Three Rivers Studios showing there since mid-September and continuing through December 10: www.scharffenbergercellars.com/TastingRoom.php
Opening November 20 at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah is my last show of 2009, which will continue until Valentine's Day 2010: www.gracehudsonmuseum.org/events.html