During the winter, the light can seem so magical especially an hour or so before sunset. As I was driving home after picking up my son from school, the light, the sky, and these ornamental grasses caught my eye. These grasses, Miscanthus Sinensis, (if I identified them correctly!) in the winter turn a light camel color and complement the white snow landscape. I was a bit captivated by the wispy and fluffy tops that curl in a paisley pattern. I have been thinking about exploring painting patterns and this ornamental grass may be my inspiration. My painting called California Coast Succulents (at http://www.mjnicole.com) is perhaps one of my paintings that is closest to creating a pattern. I love finding patterns in nature. . . what are your favorite patterns in nature?