Susan Metzger is an artist and lavender farmer at LC Sugar Farm The lavender that she plants, cares for and harvests has inspired a series of pastels and batiks.
2015 Calendar is ready!
White Lavender at my house in Palisade
I didn't know if I would have time to create a 2015 Calendar in time for the Lavender Festival. But I did! I was once again on the Board of the Lavender Association and we had lots of help getting ready. The Festival on July 11, 12 and 13 was great. My Palisade house (above image) was on the garden tour. Also I made 12 new batiks for an art show in June at Grand Junction City Hall and one at Barnes and Noble that ends in August. And I created new artwork for the calendar including lavenders from Spain, Greece and California Missions.
“When I am harvesting lavender, I focus intently on which spikes are ready, the length of the stems I am cutting and sterilizing my tools between bushes. My world narrows. Then a bee lands on my arm! Or is it the pungent scent of the buds or the intense color of a flower that suddenly reminds me to stop and look up? Here I am sitting in the hot sun surrounded by a lavender field with vistas of the Grand Mesa and the Bookcliffs – what a wonderful world that deserves to be appreciated! So then I drag my easel into the field - or at the very least get my camera. From photos I can turn winter months into summer while I create lavender art in my studio”.
Here is another image that is in the 2015 Lavender calendar.
In the winter months the lavender is sleeping. This is a different view of the same field as above. In December of 2011 we had our first real snow. I took photos and then did a series of snow-covered lavender.