My inspiration is going to be today’s post continuing with a project I’ve been sharing off and on for a while called 21 Days in my art world. The prompt for this post is my inspiration.
If you’ve read my blog for very long at all or have seen my art then it’s not very hard to figure out what my inspiration is. If fact, it’s pretty clear I think. It’s my gardens, of course!
The premise of the 21 Days in my Art World project is to share here on my blog what I’ve written about or previously shared on Instagram. Not everyone is on Instagram so it makes sense for me to give life once again to what I think are interesting posts from other social media outlets that I’ve shared. The project was created by an artist Tara Leaver. I loved the idea, so I jumped on. Below is the original post (mostly). I’ll explain more in a bit.
I’d say I’m really inspired by just about everything I encounter but my gardens are at the top of my list. Colorful flowers and the natural world serve as my muse. Sometimes I paint realistic and you can see the flowers or trees I’ve been inspired by. Other times it’s the way certain colors or textures work together that inspires me. Either way, creating art and my gardens are two beautiful things I cannot live without. So I won’t. This photo is of my Studio Gardens, the garden area right outside of my art studio. I took this last July and it’s my favorite place to be… my sanctuary. I’m counting down the days until life shows up again there. It won’t be long!
So a disclaimer needs to be inserted here. The above paragraph is still totally spot on, however the photo was changed from the original photo that I posted in Instagram. I wanted to post a photo from this summer. So this is just outside my greenhouse which is connected to my art studio. I took this photo on June 24th.
The cannas are blooming sporadically, but fall has definitely set in. Orange lilies never bloom long enough in my opinion and have since stopped. The red roses though are real troupers and will continue to bloom until the frost kills them hopefully not until November.
I’m getting ready to load the greenhouse back up and so the purple heart plant you see in the photo will rejoin it’s brothers and sisters in the greenhouse. Even though the temperatures are warm in the daytime, the nighttime temps are what get them. Most everything I keep in the greenhouse are tropicals, and they don’t like to be cold.
It’s a big job moving everything in and out twice a year, but I think it’s so worth it. My inspiration is able to live all year round that way, albeit a little shabby looking by late December. But come the longer days that are really noticeable in February and things will start looking up again.
Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page under the additional links menu. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery and telling mystical stories.
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