On an early morning walk with our dog Cooper, and while it was still dark and stormy out, this branch caught my eye on the road, having tumbled out of the heights from who knows where. The more I looked at it, the more fascinating it became. If you’ve taken any classes with me, you know I’m a big fan of “contrasts.” It’s a design principle that is everywhere and this little branch is loaded with it. First there is amazing color – the light turquoise gray of the lichen against the dark mottled surface of the branch. It’s a color combination right out of the Pottery Barn catalog for sure. Then you move on to all the textures – nubby wood vs curly green. There are the angular designs of the branches going every which way contrasted with the spikes, twirly lichen. I think it is so beautiful.
So after I played around with it, I put it in an old faded turquoise vase on our entry way table. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I would turn them down if they were offered, but really, who needs fresh flowers with this kind of sophisticated (and free!) beauty around for the taking???