Artists have long been inspired by gardens and plants. We just have to think about Monet and his beautiful garden Giverny in France, providing a lifetime of inspiration! Van Gogh painted many stunning works; think of Irises, Sunflowers, Pine Trees and Dandelions and his beautiful Almond Blossom. Klimt’s art is filled with flowers and blooming landscapes. Pissarro’s work often featured simple peasant gardens and of course Matisse’s wonderful paper cut out shapes echo back to organic plant shapes. You can see these shapes in his ‘Moroccan Landscape, Acanthus’.
Still our artists use plants and gardens as a source of inspiration. Sophie Munns is a wonderful artist, inspired by the beauty of seeds. I am always impressed with the richness of variety she can achieve using these lovely yet simple shapes. Her use of colour, media and pattern is outstanding and each piece is beautiful. I am waiting to attend one of her workshops as soon as possible!
Heidi Gallery and Gardens in Bullen inspired this hand coloured lino print.
Thanks to Sophie for the use of her lovely pictures on my blog.