In my recent endeavors to downsize my stuff, I found something that I can only call a “Divine Discovery.” Back in 2010, a friend gave me an Art and Engagement Book from The Metropolitan Museum of Art … it was entitled Secret Gardens!
The book begins with the following from the beloved children's classic The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett …
“It was the sweetest, most mysterious looking place anyone could imagine… The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when it's beautiful old walls shut her in. No one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place." (More about that tomorrow.)
Throughout history gardens have always been regarded as a sanctuary of shelter or seclusion and a retreat where body and spirit can be restored ... They provide a restful and refreshing atmosphere … are conducive to contemplation … can lift even the gloomiest moods … and offer one a secret place outside of the world.
For artists, Gardens have long acted as inspiration for their work. Monet would spend hours absorbed in silence and solitude watching the flowers and reflections upon the water.
His friend, George Clemenceau, French prime minister said of his garden
"That is exactly the miracle ... it provides a shelter against all intrusions."
You'll also find the work of some of the following:
Vincent Van Gogh
Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Yesterday, I decided to use one of the paintings as inspiration for a drawing … I chose The Water Garden by Childe Hassam 1859 – 1935. The original was oil on canvas done in 1909. My version is done with markers and pencils.
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