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The Art of Gardening and Some New Collages

March 3, 2010

Almost all day was devoted to doing garden things and not much art — unless you can call gardening art, which I do! At one point today I was almost pulled over to the collage area, but kept going with my garden projects. One thing I did today was build my second homemade self-watering container. They are so easy to do! If you’re interested in trying these, here is a really simple instructional video. I plan to have several of these in addition to my garden plot.

And speaking of my garden plot, the buried papers are doing nicely. Some are actually buried just under leaves and organic matter, and two stacks are bound with a rubber band and lying right on top of the ground. Not much has happened yet, except that I had to move the whole project to another corner of the garden so I could work on my compost. If you missed my latest video update, it’s here. The snow is gone now, though.

Here are a couple of my new collages, but they aren’t from today. These were part of my intuitive collage project. I have several more unfinished ones from that project that need something added to them for interest. They are stacked on my studio table waiting for me to get back to them.

“Jester” – Collage, 5 x 7″

“Predicting the Weather” – Collage, 5 x 7″

And speaking of collage, I am enjoying so much the new collage books. Every morning I flip through one of them while I’m having my coffee, and get so much inspiration it’s almost impossible to resist the urge to get out there and go to work on more ideas.

I find that each time I page through an art inspiration/instruction book, something different will catch my eye. I’m less concerned about technique than I am about just looking at all the wonderful ways various artists approach a medium. If I ever do a book, I will want to include a lot of other artists’ work for that reason. I already know some of you are waiting for that book. Now that the move is out of the way and we’re getting settled in, it’s getting closer to the top of my to-do list.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2010 11:51 am

    Nice video, we would need these in the heat here 🙂 .. I like the predicting the weather collage.
    I know what you mean about collage books, I love flipping through them everyday, too. Sometimes I carry them in my huge, oversize bag (that carries many things) so I can flip through them at work, while stuck in traffic, while waiting somewhere .. I can’t get enough of these books!! 🙂

    • March 4, 2010 12:46 pm

      Yes, Miss GyPsY! I’ve been up here visiting family during serious droughts when everything was brown and the red clay was cracked. I remember when all those cornfields were lost. Awful!

  2. March 5, 2010 4:03 pm

    With work responsibilities, my outside forays are usually postponed until May or June. That makes your gardening activities much-needed blog reading, so please keep us posted on what’s going on in your yard.

    So thrilled to hear of a book in your future…!

    • March 8, 2010 3:42 pm

      I promise I will keep the updates coming, DJ! This garden is a long-time dream of mine. Have had a couple of them in the past, but they were piddling efforts. But this time I have space, wonderful space!

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