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Spring/Summer 2020

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112 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 and then tackled the detailed leaves and sky. Though she refrained from sharing full photos of the completed piece until Ells saw the final product, Barlow did post work-in-progress images on social media. "I had so many positive responses. I think that people want to see things that give some sense of possibility in the world. We're so consumed by the news, and we certainly need to be informed and aware, but I also think people are deeply touched when they see something that is just uplifting for the spirit," she says. Crews are currently working on a new house that will sit near the site of Ellis' former home. He anticipates a fall completion date. Barlow's painting will be installed on a long bedroom wall, facing a view of the sunset. As he settles in, Ellis will decide whether to replant his original rose bush in the yard or keep it in a pot on the deck. He'll also determine the best location for a few of his wife's hydrangeas that survived the fire. "I was always more into roses and she was more into hydrangeas, but this particular rose was one that we marveled at together," Ellis says. "I think she'd be very pleased to know that it's still living with me." For images and information on Elizabeth Bar- low's work, including a photograph of "The Phoenix Rose," please visit To outline plans for the Ellis painting, Barlow sifted through hundreds of photos of the rose that were captured both before and after the fire. "The Phoenix Rose" is a six-foot piece with 14 flowers blossoming against a vibrant blue sky. It will hang in Ellis' new Sonoma home, on a bedroom wall.

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