Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Secret Garden


I found the Calypso Moon Artist blog this month and decided to join in the challenge. The subject this month was The Secret Garden. Somewhere I go to replenish my soul, that is a place I retreat to. A sanctuary.

Although flowers were acceptable, and I do love to garden - planting flowers in containers and within the yard - I found that I go off into the woods when I want to re-energize. There is something about being surrounded by trees and greenery that just rejuvenates me.

For that reason, I chose to paint the tree trunks with ferns. These are a very common sight in the forests I walk through in upstate NY, and I love that "alone" feeling within the woods. But I'm never really alone, not with birds & bugs, trees & plants - it is actually quite alive. It's what brings me back to earth and grounds me.

And if you are very, very quiet - you may even catch a glimpse of an elf or two!

Acrylic on 9x12 canvas

9 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

So very beautiful, Nancie! I too love the forests and walking through them, taking them in, breathing them in. There is such a transcendent peace in this oh so special secret garden. Love the painting; many of the forest preserve areas here look similar.

martinealison said...

La forêt nous régénère et elle nous est nécessaire... belle peinture.

gemma said...

What a lovely painting you have done. Thank you for visiting my blog.
:-)

SYLVIANE said...

Lovely painting.It's a familiar landscape for me, in summer, at the Lake of The Woods.

carringtonpbrown said...

i can smell the earthy ferns and the forest! Wonderful

Barbara said...

This is lovely. I just got back from Northern California - where I drove and walked among scenes that looked lots like this. You have wonderful textures in this.

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Nancie Johnson said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments, they are very much appreciated!

Alice Thompson said...

Nancie, your ferns next to the bark are so appealing to me. I really like all the texture you created in this painting. Nice relaxing colors. I'll try to be extremely quiet the next time I go to a forrest.

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