Thursday, June 16, 2022

GARDEN QUILT


 Lately we became acquainted with the work of a remarkable group of very creative artists, the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Their quilts have inspired me to look at my wife’s  garden and seeing how she combines a wide variety of textures, patterns and colours, which are three dimensional tapestries reminiscent to me of the beautiful quilts from Gee’s Bend.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

OLD POND

 

I took this closeup of a small pond on the college property. The scene reminded me of  Matsuo Basho’s ,arguably,most famous poem, “ The old Pond —Loud Frog   jumps into  old pond “


Thursday, June 09, 2022

FERNS

 

Took some more pictures of the garden yesterday afternoon. My idea is starting with black and white images and then transform them back in colour. Not the original colour of course but give tone the picture. I also do some extensive dodging and burning to isolate the ferns with some added light spots to modulate light and shadows to create a more dramatic effect while isolating the ferns from the background.

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

GARDEN ART

 


In the nineteen sixties a new form of art appeared called land art. The artists created works of art using natural materials like rocks, pebbles and trees but also a wide variety of plants, flowers and water or ice. However I think land art was a much older art form practiced by gardeners, who used their practical knowledge to create their gardens. My wife is definitely one of those artists. Her main topic is patterns, textures and shapes. I like her continuous changing garden which give both of us great visual pleasure.

Monday, June 06, 2022

SPRING GARDEN 2022

 


A few days ago I took this picture of our front garden. I thought how fortunate I was that my wife is passionate about gardening. I simply love and  admire the result of her work, not mine. Of course I would have annoyed Rudyard Kipling, who wrote his much used and admired quote “ Gardens are not made by singing "Oh, how beautiful," and sitting in the shade”.