The California That Could Have Been

textile art orange on turquoise

California That Could Have Been, 12 x 12, Fabric $75.00

The colors stayed with me for a month, and now mid-March the oranges have landed on my fabric.  The transparency still escapes me, but the colors are vibrant, the shapes are satisfying.  As I sew I marvel that anyone could have ever justified paving over an orange grove… the paradise that could have been southern California is a nightmare of streets named after trees long vanished, of fertile soil suffocated by asphalt.  At least there are a few “bubbles” of sanity surviving, like the Claremont Colleges grounds, where glowing oranges throw themselves with abandon at the feet of students… who flipflop along the fragrant walkways, heads crooked over their cell phones, by all indicators blind to the possibilities and unaware of their blessings.  Ah, youth