Study 95: Art Resolutions-Bea’s Garden and the Bird Girl

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 imageand 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.



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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3 Responses to Study 95: Art Resolutions-Bea’s Garden and the Bird Girl

  1. Bea Neal says:

    I love it! In Spring she hold worms for the Bluebirds, then water for the nesting families and orange slices for the bird fruit lovers. She always looks like she doesn’t know what is coming next.

  2. winterbournehgblog says:

    Really enjoyed reading something appreciative of the intersection between art and gardening. We have just posted a piece detailing our own thoughts on the subject Hope you enjoy reading our post as much as we enjoyed reading yours

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