So many artists love their gardens, from the famous examples like Monet and Frieda Kahlo to the hundreds of thousands of just as fascinating lesser known artist gardeners all around the world.
The following is a list of my blog posts on my nature related art and designs. We also have a list of blog posts on regenerative gardening.
9 April, 2021.
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A design based on microbes in the soil food web: viruses, bacteria, protists, nematodes, microarthropods and fungal hyphae in glowing transparency.
Symbolism and ecology: from ancient Egypt to South African indigenous history. The endangered painted wolf and solutions for saving it.
History and biology of the exquisite blue gladiolus of the Cape of South Africa.
Inspired by a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem this design features patterned wildlife from South Africa.
How the design was made. A flamboyant paste-up of the beautiful Australian Christmas plants, butterflies and koalas.
A painstaking six color ink drawing of Proteas from the Cape region of South Africa. The post describes their conservation status and decorative use.
The artist's garden does many things. A garden privileges one with constant revelation. For one I constantly learn from examining the appearance of plants and their patterns of growth, but also through reading and observation one can learn from their inter relationship with other living things like pollinators and human beings.
The human plant relationship is sometimes extremely destructive for the plants. Yet they give us some of our finest sensual experiences. They feed us, offer ecosystem services, their beauty calms us, they give and give and give.
I feel compelled to try and learn from the natural world, restore damaged places and do less future damage. Gardening, art and writing speak in different languages. Working towards damage reduction in all three languages should make for interesting resonances and dissonances.
The art and garden word combination also suggests art made by
nature. Nature's art goes beyond lovely appearances into
a profound dynamic that constantly teaches us as human beings. As we
attempt to exert control, the garden
teaches us to let go and trust nature's processes of self management. It is plant-human mentoring if you will, on death
Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or stories to share on gardening, permaculture, regenerative agriculture, food forests, natural gardening, do nothing gardening, observations about pests and diseases, foraging, dealing with and using weeds constructively, composting and going offgrid.
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