June 02, 2021

“How can you be bored with nature? Landscape is infinite, isn’t it?” reads a quote by British landscape artist David Hockney at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and I couldn’t agree more. Influenced by Vincent Van Gogh’s use of color and focus on agricultural landscapes, Hockney has been painting the Yorkshire landscapes of his youth since 2004. Currently his work is displayed alongside Van Gogh’s at the MFAH in an exhibit called The Joy of Nature.

I road-tripped to Houston a couple weeks ago to view the exhibit, and it was marvelous. If you can, go see it before it ends on June 20th.

Other works at MFAH

The MFAH contains many wonderful works — too many to experience in a single visit — but I always love seeing this one: James Turrell’s The Light Inside, a work of art you can walk through. Located in the Wilson Tunnel connecting two buildings, the work consists of a walkway that seems to float in glowing, neon-hued space. The colors slowly change from violet to red to blue.

I’m also a fan of Turrell’s Skyspace installations and have blogged about the one on the Rice University campus. Austinites, there’s another Skyspace at the University of Texas.

And for fun, here’s an Ent-like carved face near the Turrell piece.

“Just Keep Growing” mural at Favor the Kind in the Heights neighborhood

Houston is always a fun city to visit, with its numerous museums, restaurants, international influences, new botanical garden, and relaxed vibe. I go several times a year to see family, but someday I’ll spend a week there as a tourist and see a different museum each day. If you’re a Houston regular, what are your favorite places?

I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading this in a subscription email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post.

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Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events

It’s pond tour time! Grab your sun hat and attend Austin’s 26th annual Pond and Garden Tour on June 5 and 6. Sponsored by the Austin Pond Society, the tour includes 13 ponds over two days, with admission of $20 in advance (until 5/31) and $25 on the day of (online payments only; no cash).

Want to learn how to grow vegetables in Central Texas? Attend a free webinar on June 15 hosted by the Travis County Master Gardeners Assoc. My friend Sheryl Williams is teaching it, and she says “We’ll cover the whole process from planning to harvesting, with plenty of war stories from my own garden.” Sign up here.

Join the mailing list for Garden Spark! Hungry to learn about garden design from the experts? I’m hosting a series of talks by inspiring garden designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. Talks will resume this fall. These are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance. Simply click this link and ask to be added.

All material © 2021 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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June 02, 2021

“How can you be bored with nature? Landscape is infinite, isn’t it?” reads a quote by British landscape artist David Hockney at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and I couldn’t agree more. Influenced by Vincent Van Gogh’s use of color and focus on agricultural landscapes, Hockney has been painting the Yorkshire landscapes of his youth since 2004. Currently his work is displayed alongside Van Gogh’s at the MFAH in an exhibit called The Joy of Nature.

I road-tripped to Houston a couple weeks ago to view the exhibit, and it was marvelous. If you can, go see it before it ends on June 20th.

Other works at MFAH

The MFAH contains many wonderful works — too many to experience in a single visit — but I always love seeing this one: James Turrell’s The Light Inside, a work of art you can walk through. Located in the Wilson Tunnel connecting two buildings, the work consists of a walkway that seems to float in glowing, neon-hued space. The colors slowly change from violet to red to blue.

I’m also a fan of Turrell’s Skyspace installations and have blogged about the one on the Rice University campus. Austinites, there’s another Skyspace at the University of Texas.

And for fun, here’s an Ent-like carved face near the Turrell piece.

“Just Keep Growing” mural at Favor the Kind in the Heights neighborhood

Houston is always a fun city to visit, with its numerous museums, restaurants, international influences, new botanical garden, and relaxed vibe. I go several times a year to see family, but someday I’ll spend a week there as a tourist and see a different museum each day. If you’re a Houston regular, what are your favorite places?

I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading this in a subscription email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post.

_______________________

Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events

It’s pond tour time! Grab your sun hat and attend Austin’s 26th annual Pond and Garden Tour on June 5 and 6. Sponsored by the Austin Pond Society, the tour includes 13 ponds over two days, with admission of $20 in advance (until 5/31) and $25 on the day of (online payments only; no cash).

Want to learn how to grow vegetables in Central Texas? Attend a free webinar on June 15 hosted by the Travis County Master Gardeners Assoc. My friend Sheryl Williams is teaching it, and she says “We’ll cover the whole process from planning to harvesting, with plenty of war stories from my own garden.” Sign up here.

Join the mailing list for Garden Spark! Hungry to learn about garden design from the experts? I’m hosting a series of talks by inspiring garden designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. Talks will resume this fall. These are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance. Simply click this link and ask to be added.

All material © 2021 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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