A South Lamar Botanical Tour
I run through this neighborhood at least four times a week beginning with a warm-up walk down Cinnamon Path toward Waterloo. As I cross that street both my pace and heart rate increase. By the time I’ve peaked the hill on Del Curto, just north of Cinnamon, I’m warmed up, and the enjoyment sets in. It was at this point in mid-March, after the sidewalk had leveled, that I saw a lone Iris blooming in a front yard. It was the first flower I had seen since winter. It inspired me and led me to paint The Yellow Iris of Del Curto, which I completed the day before Easter Sunday.
As my runs progressed into the spring, I noticed more and more flowers blooming. I would stop, take a quick iPhoto, then continue running. As I ran, my mind would frame each photo into the subtle shading of a watercolor. I wanted to capture the energy and life that I felt as I encountered each flower. Each individual blossom excited me differently and led me to think about how springtime, that generous gift from nature, renews our energy and spirit, blessing us with promise.
In the ten years that I’ve lived in this neighborhood, it has gone through a lot of changes. Our entire city is transforming in ways that are both pleasing and overwhelming. Among the growth that we’re experiencing, we’re fortunate to share the allure that lies within our natural landscape. I look out my kitchen window in the evenings, after many hours in my studio, and watch passers-by walking dogs, pushing strollers, out on an evening run or bicycle ride. Seeing so many people outside, enjoying our neighborhood, breathing in the air (allergens aside), strolling along our sidewalks—these images make me smile; they suggest a covenant that as our neighborhood grows, as the city of Austin grows, it will grow more and more beautiful, more harmonious…more full of promise.