Plant Power

Oct 14, 2020

Putting art in a garden website

After six blog posts on regenerative gardening its time to talk about art, because this website is about both. I can't separate art from the garden really. The garden is full of its own self generated art, over which I've little control. The art I'm talking about now would have to be art as in artifice, woman made and not using plants, soil or water as materials.

The gardening material I create to give away. Whether its writing, advice or plants. Its free for everyone else, though it costs me as much effort as a full time job. The 'art' I create to sell, so that it can support the giving away. In internet marketing lingo it is how I monetize.

I spend a lot of time designing every day, and it makes me much happier when I know it serves the same goals, to help transition the world to a greener, non destructive and regenerative state. So I really enjoy designing 'green propaganda' designs for t-shirts and other items, and I've collected these designs under the name 'eco-nscious'.

My favourite design thus far is the 'Plant Power' design. It was done with a Chinese brush and black ink, and then the colors were filled in digitally using a lot of colour gradients.

It says everything I want to say in two words. Though this may make it ambiguous, it also allows several meanings. Plants are powerful, they can heal humans, heal the soil, the rain cycles and broken weather patterns, and they can heal our heating atmosphere. They reverse the cause of all our trouble, in the compound word 'power plant' both in terms of word order and ecosystem recovery. 'Plant power' states that plants are powerful, when plant is a noun, and when plant is seen as a verb, it gives the imperative to plant, and implies that it is very powerful to plant. Here is a link  to the 'econscious' shop, and here to the facebook page where the design is shown on different products. They range in price from a couple of dollars to double digit figures. I also have a collection of indigenous floral designs, African wild animals, pure, simple geometric designs and Christian designs.

Please support my creation of original material by buying something from the shop this Christmas. As you know, I don't just share other people's posts on facebook, though that is a good thing to do. I create and its time consuming.

If buying is not possible just like the page, any page of mine, or visit the shop and like some of the products. Even just looking at my page and at the shop helps me survive, yes it does ! The search engines respond to it, and push my stuff upward in search results and it really makes a huge difference to how many people end up seeing it, and that means sales, and getting the bread on the table. If truth be told, I'm struggling. 

Thank you, anything you can do to support the continuation of what I'm doing is much appreciated.



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