For the first time ever, I’m planting peonies, dahlias and lilacs in my gardens. Living in a mountain climate is definitely on the chilly side, so I’m hoping the payoff will be some extraordinary blossoms in our late springtime. Being an artist gives me lots of excuses to spend money at the local nurseries, support small business in Colorado Springs, and recruit new studio models to preen and pose under the spotlights. But I’m also learning so much, and embracing something new and exciting.
My trial garden is a series of pots in our sunny guest bedroom, filled with seedlings that I will transplant outdoors in 2 weeks. In addition to my old standby favorites, morning glories and sunflowers, I’m test driving dinner plate dahlias, four varieties of peony bushes and clematis. Most of the small plants started from seeds are in plastic cups filled with potting soil. The air is dry here, so I give them the fingertip test to ensure they have plenty of water every day.
Every new blossom is an idea for a painting or a combination of elements of color and shape. Here’s how I create an inspiration for my paintings, using photos from my home grown sprouts and blossoms and my trips to beautiful gardens around the world. One of the easiest ways to find joyful color that speaks to your heart, is to merge photos you love together in Powerpoint. Here’s how to do that, step by step. (I’m using an IMac, so some of these steps may change depending on what type of computer you use. Keep in mind all of the images you use need to be photos you’ve taken, or for which you have permission to use.)
Create a Custom Garden, Step by Step
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