A Favorite Gift – National Parks Checklist Map

A Favorite Gift – National Parks Checklist Map

I received lots of really nice gifts this year and I am so grateful for all of them.  But I am especially appreciative that my daughter has come to the age where she suddenly knows the difference between the type of gift that any mother will cherish from any child (that she birthed) and the…

Victoria & Albert Museum World Beach Art, Stone Mosaic Garden Inspiration

Victoria & Albert Museum World Beach Art, Stone Mosaic Garden Inspiration

Here is what is inspiring me today. The World Beach Project it is an online gallery of art made by all kinds of people. It features stones gathered on beaches from around the globe. The project was devised by artist-in-residence Sue Lawty in association with the always inspiring Victoria & Albert Museum. Building on the…

Jonas Wood at David Kordansky Gallery

Jonas Wood at David Kordansky Gallery

I make little resolutions all the time so especially at the New Year I try to remind myself of those things I’ve been working towards since forever. I have this recurring art buying resolution theme that I annoyingly have struggled to follow through with. I mean its like shopping, right? why do I have such a…

Landscape Letters by Charles Joseph Hullmandel

Landscape Letters by Charles Joseph Hullmandel

Yes! – I’d frame that.  I find the ‘G’ particularly nice and it reminds me of Colorado history and some of my favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder stories.  I’m also partial to the H – (I love a good bridge) and the W (maybe my parents would like that — it is the first letter of…

Pretty Old Planting Plan

Pretty Old Planting Plan

I have so many links and interesting things that I have discovered while researching and writing my book that I can’t wait to share.  My biggest fear is that I will never remember them all — in fact I have already forgotten so many.   I really don’t want to forget this one,  so this is…

Gouache Flower Paintings from Gottorf Castle (Hi Res Downloads!)

Gouache Flower Paintings from Gottorf Castle (Hi Res Downloads!)

I discovered this morning that the entire Gottorfer Codex (danish: Gottorpsk Codex) is available on issuu. The Gottorfer Codex is a beautiful collection of gouache paintings on vellum depicting the flowers in the garden of Gottorf  Castle  (Schloss Gottorf) which is in Northern Germany near the Danish border. The duplicates of the original images (which were all…

Would You Put This Kind of Art in Your Garden?

Would You Put This Kind of Art in Your Garden?

I am hunting for a technique whereby I might be able to create my own version of this image.  I simply love the idea of contemporary art in the garden but hate the idea of mold and mildew destroying something I cherish.   Have you ever had the notion to put a painting or other similar art…

Public Art Saves Lives: New Orleans Evacuation Sculptures by Douglas Kornfeld

Public Art Saves Lives: New Orleans Evacuation Sculptures by Douglas Kornfeld

There is little doubt in my mind that these new sculptures in New Orleans by artist Douglas Kornfeld will save lives.  Each denotes an evacuation gathering place for anyone who needs to get out quick.   You can see the old FEMA/ CDC versions of meeting point signs below.  I can see how that didn’t really work so well……

Inspirations: Betsy the Bluebird

Inspirations: Betsy the Bluebird

Nine days ago we got side tracked on the way down the driveway. An afternoon of errand running got waylaid by a small bird hopping and trying to quickly flap her way off the road in front of the car. We stopped, we gathered her up and detoured to the local antique shop where days before I…

Porcelain Garden Sculptures by Anya Stasenko & Slava Leontyev

Porcelain Garden Sculptures by Anya Stasenko & Slava Leontyev

As some of my big garden projects work their way towards being done, I am starting to pay closer attention to the accents, accessories and details that I can layer in once big things like patios, pergolas, and new pathways are laid. I don’t see garden art as much different than inside art.  You can…