As summer is fast approaching I bet you are out in your garden planting flowers like me.
I always look forward to preparing the garden…be it flower or vegetable garden. This year is especially important because I think we need beauty in our lives more than ever.
While I was out planting and deciding where all the flowers would go I realized the decisions needed to do a beautiful garden were the same as creating a painting.
This is why they support each other.
First you have to prepare the dirt. Without a good foundation your flowers will be weak and spindly.
The same is true with art. You need to have a good foundation of knowledge about your paints, design, color and value as well as which brush produces what type of stroke.
Second…as you look at your garden you realize there are plants that need to be divided as they have gotten too large. You take out your shovel and divide the plant with loving care.
When a shape within your painting needs to be divided you do it with glazing or adding a shape on top. This gives the painting interest.
Third…as you are deciding which plant goes where in your garden you are also thinking about the overall design of the garden. Where do you really want the eye to go? This is where you put your biggest brightest grouping of color. Within this grouping you also add a flower whose color causes a visual vibration giving the grouping a even bigger bang of gorgeousness.
Being in your garden is just like being in your studio. It really doesn’t matter if you are designing a pot of flowers or a large garden…the thought process is the same.
We will talk more about the garden and how it relates to your art in other newsletters but first of all I want to sincerely thank you for reading this to the end…you must love gardening as much as I do.
I would love to hear about your garden…please share.
I now have a YouTube channel (@gwenfoxartist) and I would absolutely love it if you hopped on and subscribed to my channel. You Tube doesn’t take people seriously until they have one thousand subscribers so pass the word around to your artist friends. I will be giving out lots of art tips, demos plus talking about those good ole subjects that hold us back as creatives. Let me know what you would like to have me demo or talk about.
Today put on your sunscreen and get your hands in the dirt. Design your garden or pot of flowers and think about how it relates to your art.