Some of the most beautifully inspiring pieces for your artistic creations can be found in nature.
And there is no need to plan a trip to far away vistas and overlooks–rather, look to your own backyard, or if you are a city dweller, take a walk through the neighborhood and keep an eye out for patio gardens.
Even simple plant life can provide the shapes, color, and textures you are craving to get down on paper.
The twists of leaves, the details of a petal, the hundreds of shades of greens stippled with light… all lend themselves well to your own creations and can be anything from your main subject to a realistic background to some other topic.
Gardens as Art
Truly, when you think about it, gardens themselves are an art form.
The mix up of colors and shapes are only the start of what a gardener considers before placing plants in the ground, as location, mature growth, and care are all a part of a garden that thrives and produces.
Soil care is also an important factor for abundant blooms and takes care and study.
Many gardeners look to DIY pallet compost bin applications, as well as other maintenance solutions they can control to save both on time and money to ensure a healthy garden to enjoy.
There are many different ways to approach your garden designs as an artistic impression.
This has everything to do with your own personal taste and style, and what you would like you to end results to be.
For example, perhaps you like the wildness of native plants and the way vines twine among one another and on their supports.
Maybe you prefer well-manicured, hedges and clipped shapes and designs; no matter what our own preference is, a garden can become the perfect setting for the outdoor artistic impression.
Gardens draw in wildlife, making them the pallet to support even further fodder for your paper.
Birds and butterflies are attracted to the water and food made available to them in the vegetation.
If you pay attention, you’ll also find a variety of insects in and about leaves and the soils- even more subject manner of you so wish.
Art in the Garden
Trailing vines and flower beds make an excellent backdrop to showcase your sculptures or other 3D work.
Many pieces of art are transferred to gardens to show them off in a new environment and bring to the light meaning and symbolic gesture.
Walkways and Mazes
Intricate walkway designs can be highlighted through mosaic work in paths or stepping stones.
Gardens can even be grown in the shape of a maze, or include a walking maze of some sort through the garden beds. This creates an artistic challenge that changes with the season.
The beauty of the outdoors is that it is ever-changing. The changing seasons, weather, lighting, and time of day are all a part of how you view your surroundings.
You can influence how you see your gardens as well with where you place your lighting.
By night you can bring to life an entirely different world full of shadows and textures.
A garden is a personal vision, and there is no need to feel that it is an impossibility due to lack of space.
Your garden, just like your art, can either be a means to gather material and ideas for your work or a vision you have as its own art form.
The following are a few ideas to consider.
These designs allow a more natural, rambling look of the plants without much careful placement.
Flowers may be intermixed with herbs and veggies, and climbing roses are a popular addition.
That’s right. You can also enjoy your favorite plants and flowers during the colder months with the help of a nifty greenhouse or enclosure.
It just requires a little maintenance, some heaters, and the best ice scraper to remove any ice buildup on the windows.
Whether small or large, these gardens help send a message to their viewers through the abstract placement of flower beds, choice of variety, and other objects.
They may be symbolic, or in memory of an event, place, or person.
Exotics are large and showy and provide interesting material to gaze upon.
Many of these plants require special care, and may even exist indoors for year-round blooms.
Water brings depth and interest to a landscape. It reflects light, and water plants are often big and bright and attract specialized insects, such as dragonflies with their jewel-like colors.
Butterflies prefer specific plants for their life cycle.
Many of these plants are native to the areas they inhabit and are worth including in your garden for an abundance of butterflies and to watch them through their entire cycle.
You can do all of the above in containers if you are lacking in space.
Whether you have a large yard or a simple balcony, you can provide vegetation into your area to brighten it up by growing within containers.
It is easy to trail vines up a wall trellis, or even use pots as part of your visual experience.