Finding beauty in Art and my garden… and Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Tranquility", Oil, 40 x 55, approx., Karen Gillis Taylor

“Tranquility”, Oil, 40 x 55, approx., Karen Gillis Taylor

We are moving on and hoping to sell our house, ready to make a new chapter in life, and simplify things. We still love living in Boulder County, Colorado, and maybe we will still land here in a little different kind of home. This “Tranquility” painting was created from the view toward Niwot, at our former home. I didn’t even know it at the time, but our current house location can be pinpointed in the picture, just to the left of the single tree, and in the distance.

Moving is a new challenge. Here’s what the poet said:

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Our Prairie Garden", detail, 20 x 20", oil, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2007

“Our Prairie Garden”, detail, 20 x 20″, oil, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2007

My best paintings seem to come from making work that began in a place in my heart that cares. All these images are inspired by our own home life in the county and the open spaces we can enjoy so close to our little nest.

Pretty perennials in the garden  just in front of the open space prairie.

Pretty perennials in the garden just in front of the open space prairie.

Our garden space is looking good this year, with so much Spring rain. The prairie hill behind us is too steep and full of rock to have been farmed. It’s a virgin prairie as long as people don’t bother it.

"Our Prairie

“Our Prairie Garden”, KGT

Nature established the color palette for me. Everything we planted emulated the colors of the prairie and skies.

Native Columbine plants in our garden love the rocks

Native Columbine plants in our garden love the rocks

It has become a quirky little gardening thing that our columbines decided to migrate out of the upper garden down to the rock space areas. This plant is migration number one. Now we have a migration number two this year, in a new section of the rock wall, totally a volunteer plant. Maybe next year we might see new plants in rock places if we have not sold the house by then.

Garden palette from prairie painting

Garden palette from prairie painting

I isolated the color palette from these paintings and photos that will help me to create the next art. I used Photoshop for this. This palette of colors above is only a starting point. When studying color, we start from one place and then discern, choose, look again and go on to the new project or painting with this stored in our color memory bank. It helps to have this palette which I have saved to refer to as needed. Isn’t this color combination just so beautiful?

Sunflower photo from my garden, 2013

Sunflower photo from my garden, 2013

People adore sunflowers, and maybe it’s because the color combo of flower and blue sky is so full of the joy of a sunny day. What a great subject for the next painting! Color in nature is the best resource. It can be joyful or moody. Doesn’t matter, there can be beauty found in each.

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Finding beauty in Art and my garden… and Ralph Waldo Emerson”

  1. Sarah Schultz Says:

    Karen, I am happy for you being able to relocate again. At first I felt sad,then realizing you will take your computer with you it was OK.
    having moved many times in the past I can appreciate the fresh start. I believe it is different now . We have lived on both coasts and
    near the ocean and the mountains. Presently on a mountain about 50 miles from D.C.There are so many beautiful moments in my memory from all the places we have lived.
    I wish you many new adventures, even if it turns out to be a few miles from where you now live!
    Tranquility is a great painting…Yes, yes I can see your house
    in it ; ) I have learned so much from your writings.
    Have a good summer!

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    • karen Says:

      Thank you Sarah, your comments are very sweet. I agree that we take our memories with us, and we can continue to be inspired, no matter where we live! I hope your summer is great.

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