Celia Thaxter was a poet and short story writer, but also created a garden on a tiny island off the New Hampshire coast that became the subject of her book, “An Island Garden.” The book was written in 1894, and after Celia’s death the garden went through many changes, but in 1978 was restored using the detailed plan in her book. “An Island Garden” is filled with delicate Impressionistic paintings of the garden’s old fashioned flowers by the artist Childe Hassam. Many years ago I picked up the daybook that accompanies it. There is space for diary type entries as well as quotes from Celia on flowers and some of Hassam’s paintings. I have used it to write descriptions of particular days when the sky, clouds, air, and sun have come together to produce exceptionally gorgeous days. It causes me to take special note of those moments by putting them into words
Flowers are a popular subject for artists. I have used a variety of mediums in attempts to reproduce their colors and shapes.
Here I used acrylic paint with stamps I made on recycled cupboard doors. I got the doors from Habitat for Humanity’s Restore. It is a great place to find recycled anything for your house or yard, and you are contributing to Habitat.
Fabric applique of flowers in vases.
Acrylic on canvas.
I went to a local painting exhibit today. The friends that I went with and I are in a book club/art club. Once a month we go to an art exhibit and once a month we get together to discuss a book or short story we have selected. We choose a lot of classical literature which introduces us to authors that we haven’t read before. Since this post is about flowers, I took some pictures with flower themes at the exhibit, along with a few others I liked.
The painting below is titled Vence Roses by Pat Wooley. Mixed media.
Voice of Spring by Dawn Quiones. Mixed media with collage.
The Old Lace by Nino Neiman. Watercolor.
Mountain Horse Returns Home by Julia Chu. (I picked up some reflections in this, but the collage work was wonderful).
Under the El by Jan Godachy. Watercolor.
Palisades by Eve Pericich. Collage.
I had to include this one because I had three shelties who have passed away. I think of them often. Bailey by Veronica Sin. Watercolor.
Even if you don’t paint, looking at people’s ideas expressed through their work is so inspiring. Painters use a wordless language that makes you feel something very personal, remembering an experience you’ve had or reminding you of an experience you would like to have. Go and look when you get the chance.