It’s funny how everything in life goes in circles…
When I started writing this blog five years ago one of the first posts I published was called Art for a Sunny Day. It was about a few gardens and parks that have become home for interesting contemporary sculptures. This post got one like. Today, it feels like it’s a new beginning – after such a long absence it’s really hard to get back into the swing of it all… But I’m doing this anyway and the subject I chose is environmental art. Have you heard of it?
A while ago I told you about my BIG project, that is supposed to be turned into a SUPER garden over the next hmm… hundred years? The thing is that I’d love to have some sculptures there (it’s probably too early to think about sculptures at this stage, I should be better investing in more plants, but I’m a stubborn dreamer), so I started looking into all possible options. It would definitely be too expensive to hire proper artists or gifted craftsmen, so I need something different. What’s that so called different? Maybe just a fresh idea or, in other words, something handmade using inexpensive materials that would still look spectacular…
If money wasn’t a problem I’d go for David Annand’s deer or Toby Winterbourn’s cow parsley.
And here’s the so called different…
But lets get back to environmental art. What is it? Wikipedia provides this definition – environmental art is a range of artistic practices encompassing both historical approaches to nature in art and more recent ecological and politically motivated types of works.
“It can be argued that environmental art began with the Paleolithic cave paintings of our ancestors. (…) More modern examples of environmental art stem from landscape painting and representation (…), yet such art as a “movement” started growing only in the late 1960s or the 1970s. In its early phases it was most associated with sculpture—especially Site-specific art, Land art and Arte povera—having arisen out of mounting criticism of traditional sculptural forms and practices which were increasingly seen as outmoded and potentially out of harmony with the natural environment.”
Environmental artists rather than depiciting the landscape engage in it. They escape the confines of galleries leaving the cities and going out into Nature. Their pieces are either too large or too unwieldy to be collected; they can be represented only by photographs, which of course means the artwork can’t be acquired. (You can read about it more here.)
Well… I was thinking that I could provide some space for proper environmental artists or… come up with something myself. Have a look at a few of my favourite pieces – it shouldn’t be that expensive to make something like that. What do you think?
It seems I’ve nearly convinced myself that anything is possible and that my garden sculptures aren’t as impossible as one might think, yet I still need that fresh idea…
I’m so excited! I can once again introduce you to a wonderful new book. This time I’m saying – lets travel around the World RETRO style.
The first half of summer is behind our backs, yet I can’t say I had a rest. Why? I’ve taken on a MASSIVE project, which consumes probably about 80% of my time (the rest is for sleeping and all other insignificant chores). This project is called MY very own Garden (I say this with a very proud intonation, so please go back and read this sentence once again, this time do it pro-per-ly). I can assure you it’s very exciting, but also very tireing…
I know what MY Garden has to look like – you must have seen these pretty English cottage gardens with plenty of green hideaways and huge French hydrangeas next to a field of lavander, and perfectly neat German vegetable rows with crops molded to fit all EU regulations, right? So something along these lines. But there’s a slight hmm… I wouldn’t call it a problem, maybe just a little disadvantage – I’m starting everything from an absolute zero! Basically a meadow has to magically be transformed into an award winning estate.
I’ll leave all of you (and epecially my new followers, who decided to join me even though I wasn’t posting anything new – thank you!) with a piece of advice:
“Live the Life of Your Dreams.
When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve.”
― Roy T. Bennett
Unbelievable, but… I’ve been away for a month. This away of mine is not a real away, if you know what I mean. I didn’t go anywhere, I just had too much on my hands and, sadly, on my mind. Blogging is (or should I say was?) one of my healthy habits, that I don’t avoid, but I’ve been running out of steam lately, so something had to give… (just like reading before bed, trying out new recipes, taking photographs, painting and experimenting in my so called studio).
Anyway… it’s been a month, a bad patch, that hopefully has come to an end.
How has your May been so far?
Our garden seems to have recovered well after the fierce winter spells (looking at it I’ll also have to once again pull myself together... inspiration has to be drawn from Nature at all times – it never gives up). I’m still not sure about a few roses, but everything else is thriving – even the lawn seems to be doing better than ever.
I can already see that this is going to be a summer of cherries and apples.
Buckets of mouthwatering fruit… and probably stomach ache, that follows if you forget how to stop. This happens every summer, we never learn. (By the way, I still have to think of a good way to scare the birds away before the cherries go ripe, if you have any ideas, please let me know.)
I might have been caught up in a big obligations’ and responsibilities’ web, but who isn’t? Sometimes it gets worse, but it doesn’t stay this way forever and sooner or later you notice that something you’ve been working on has turned into… hmm… something? (I’m such a philosopher… Philosopher with a very small vocabulary.)
Just look at my seedlings, that are ready to be moved into the big garden world out there. It’s hard to believe that once these were tiny tiny seeds!
At the moment everything’s about colour, growth and quick changes. I’m trying to stay focused and work like a bee (I’ve finally started my very own garden, which is just a plowed meadow more or less; it will probably take me at least 10 years to turn it into a garden I imagine). Quite often it’s hard to find a gap for a short walk and an impromptu photoshoot, so I’m really glad I’m finally getting back to blogging.
No more regrets. I promise to show you and tell you EVERYTHING I find extremely beautiful, exciting or clever. Hopefully you’re ready to hear me out after that month of silence.
Another unexpected two week break…
The prettiest month of the year has started and the weather has been far better than it usually is at the beginning of April (the temperatures are really weird – it was actually hot today!), but I’m in a really bad mood. This bad hides sadness and quickly spreading melancholy, so I really need good news, uplifting stories, bright colours and anything that I would find inspiring.
I’ll leave you with a bunch of brilliant paintings. If they can’t revoke positive emotions, then I don’t know what can…
American artist John Powell is a magician! (Make sure you visit his personal website.)
What do you think?
It seems this is my last chance to show you what I’ve been working on in March…. (Tomorrow starts the pretties month of the year, right?) I can’t believe that time can fly so fast – thirty one days went almost unnoticed; mostly waiting for warmer days, looking at gardening magazines and planning new landscapes (that in real life no doubt won’t look anything as pretty as they do in my imagination).
Well, I disappeared from this virtual blog world for two weeks, but it doesn’t mean I was fiddling my thumbs! I have finally started working on some lino cuts. (I also have at least two new projects that are just one step away from being finished, so hopefully I’ll be showing these some time soon as well.) Anyway… I bought proper tools, lino and paint for printing probably more than a year ago (if not two…), but never had the chance to enjoy the whole process of slowly cutting out pretty things. This time I took my time.
At first I did a few sketches. I started with a pineapple, just because I thought it would be nice to use it for printing on fabric (one more project for summer!), and later on came up with more and more ideas… One of them was a bird cage.
I didn’t risk putting a bird inside it, I was worried it would come out just like some blob, so it became an open cage with two flying feathers.
After I made the first or you could say test prints I saw what could be improved, but this will have to wait… I also decided I would like to get red, blue and green printing ink/paint and probably a smaller roller. These feathers could be other colour than black, don’t you think? It would be easy enough to cover them in other colour with a smaller tool.
As you can see I’m working on small pictures at the moment (right now I’m trying to come up with a lovely fox stamp, that I intend to give as a present to my friend whose surname happens to be Mr.Fox; you can have a sneak peek on Instagram). Hopefully my linocuts will get bigger and more complicated with time… or maybe I’ll even master wood cutting? Would be nice.