“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”
– John Ruskin
2.4″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC
Except for the big green cactus, this is my studio window, looking out. Well… okay… the wall paint is a little lighter and the curtains are actually burgundy. Oh …. and there are more weeds. Oh, and …. more rocks, and a bunch of thyme. Thyme is the only ground cover I could get to grow on the steep slope in front of our house. We had to grow something there, to keep the soil in place, after we built the house. That whole hill is covered with thyme, weeds and rocks. There really is a yucca there, though.
About John Ruskin
John Ruskin was an English art critic who influenced the attitude of a whole generation toward art and architecture. He was born in 1819 in London. His career began with an essay defending his friend, artist J.M.W. Turner, from critics. His book Modern Painters made Turner popular and gave stature to the Pre-Raphaelite movement. He founded the Cambridge Scool of Art in 1858, now known as the Anglia Ruskin University. Leo Tolstoy called him one of those rare men who think with their heart. When Ruskin inherited wealth, he gave most of the money away. He died in 1900.