Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year.
When I am traveling, I often find myself exploring gardens. All are studies in design. Some designs directed by aesthetics. Some by function. Some by curiosity or obsession. Some neglect. They present a wide range of taste and investment. At Bonnie’s house, the gardens are a reflection of their owner’s inimitable style—organic and whimsical.
I have taken many photos of her expansive gardens on many occasions. They have inspired
me to create studies of their large architectural elements and details of individual plants and flowers. The watercolor below is an impression of a sculpture center stage on her
garden canvas. Nestled in a cluster of Black-eyed Susans she holds court under the canopy of a prolific plum tree. She is a reproduction of the Bird Girl created by Sylvia Shaw Judson. The forlorn little girl is weighted by two heavy cement saucers that may hold bird seed. I don’t know. If she seems oddly familiar, you may have seen her in the 1997 film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
There is something timeless about the scene. My interpretation reflects the colors in which I imagine she views the world. How wonderful that art allows us to share those personal and internal impressions.