In college I spent several months on a painting project researching elements of design found in wildflowers and where they are present in modern design and architecture. Lately, as I mentioned in my last post, these ideas have been swimming around in my head once again (more likely they never actually left). John Mark Comer's book, Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human, has added a whole new dimension to my thoughts on the relationship between gardens and cities and woven them into the MOST beautiful story - not just about plants and buildings - but of a creation in the Garden, our calling as mankind, and how the work we do now is cultivating and contributing to our ultimate dwelling place: the new Earth; a Garden City.
Remember these guys? They recently came back to the forefront of my mind when I received a request for a few of them in print form.
Painting these little wildflowers was the first time I dedicated myself to a series. Second semester of my senior year I spent close to six months researching, sketching, building canvases, and throwing away a lot of bad paintings. I had many conversations with professors during this time, making me question myself and think longer until I could give a strong, intelligent reason defending what I was doing painting pictures of flowers, and more importantly, why I was doing it.
More or less, painting the botanical series taught me how to think and work like an artist (which apparently is only 85% wearing burets and snacking on baguettes by the Seine - who knew!?).
Now, two years later, these little plants are inspiring a new series; a series with similar colors, similar sizes, but in my currently preferred, less-representational style.
Stay tuned, friends! It's about to be a new kind of garden party.
The past couple weeks have been filled with work that keeps my eyes glued to the laptop screen. BUT, new things are on the horizon, and yesterday I was able to come up for air to get started on a 48 x 48 commission I'm particularly excited about.
Storyteller - Morgan Harper Nichols
MONEY & FAME - NEEDTOBREATHE
Angela - The Lumineers
The whole Cleopatra album - The Lumineers
Here's The Thing - Alec Baldwin (podcast)