The artist's garden art blog

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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Feb 12, 2021

The aliens beneath our feet.

A design based on microbes in the soil food web: viruses, bacteria, protists, nematodes, microarthropods and fungal hyphae in glowing transparency.

Nov 19, 2020.

Lycaon pictus

Symbolism and ecology: from ancient Egypt to South African indigenous history. The endangered painted wolf and solutions for saving it.

Nov 12, 2020.

Gladiolus carinatus

History and biology of the exquisite blue gladiolus of the Cape of South Africa.

Nov 7, 2020.

Tiny spotted animals.

Inspired by a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem this design features patterned wildlife from South Africa.

Nov 3, 2020.

Drawing of Proteas

A painstaking six color ink drawing of Proteas from the Cape region of South Africa. The post describes their conservation status and decorative use.

Nov 2, 2020.


Its symbolic uses and more

Oct 29, 2020.

Its not the cow, its the how.

Regenerative agriculture design.

Oct 28, 2020.


Cape bridal flowers

Oct 24, 2020.


Different daisy colour variations

Oct 24, 2020.

Plant power design

Celebrating the power of plants and planting

Oct 21, 2020.

The 'kelkiewyn' in art

The jewel in the Cape's floral crown, Geissorhiza radians

Oct 17, 2020.

Cotyledon orbiculata painting

A succulent medicinal plant native to Southern Africa.

Oct 17, 2020

Aloe arborescens

The candelabra aloe in art, gardening and medicine.

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 and life.

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