Today we walked with the dog along the edge of a field. The ground is very dry due to a long sunny spell without rain. As usual, glinting pieces of broken pottery caught my eye and I had to pick them up to add to my collection. I also collected some wild garlic and few-flower leeks to make some garlic oil. Be very careful if you’re going to do this, as there are a couple of very similar plants including lily of the valley which can be fatal if ingested. I would recommend watching some YouTube videos on plant identification prior to collecting anything to eat.
I used half of the bunch to make the oil and put the other half in a vase on my desk. I painted the garlic flowers alongside some broken pottery. I often pair wild flowers and weeds with broken pottery as a subject. There is a relationship between their stories; unwanted, superfluous or past their use, but there is a delicate beauty in existence if we take the time to look closely.