Study 77: Art Resolutions-Chez Bogie’s Garden

Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year.

I am back in the groove. Past a glut of deadlines, my energy can return to my initiative and now I live in the technicolor of summer gardens. Time to catch up on studies.

In Good Company

I’m not the only one inspired by gardens. I’m in good company. One needs only to think of Monet and his exquisite lily pond. The gardens at Chez Bogie are not so exhalted. Nor are the studies as sublime. But documenting them through my eyes for posterity may preserve them much longer than photos. It is these lovely but seemingly mundane aspects of everyday life that are simply taken for granted today. In 50 or even 25 years, they may be curious because a flower or bush has gone extinct. Maybe the way things are pruned or the design of the plantings may go out of fashion. These are some of the reasons I capture my environment in my artwork. This is how my grandchildren and great-grandchildren may know me better–what was important. How I lived. What things looked like in the “old” days.

Inspired by early morning light and a morning of my own, I set up to paint the garden on the north side of my house at 7:30am today. But I began studies of my deck plantings last weekend–and that is where my show and tell starts.

I have purchased the most glorious red-orange and cadmium yellow zinnias. They are tall, dramatic, and exuberant. And that is the first study I completed. Sketched with drawing pen and colored with watercolor, they are surrounded by spikes of purple sage and sweet vibrant mounds of periwinkle-colored lobelia.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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