Abstract sketching: winter garden

Take a walk through a wintergarden, and discover little treasures half hidden under the melting snow

Sometimes I like to experiment with abstract art – just going one step further and play with patterns, colors and symbols.

You start out with something in mind, and then it starts to change in something else… it doesn’t mean it’s getting worse necessarily – just different….

It reminds me of what happens in real life: not always things develop as we would expect them to – and often we find out later, what it was good for.

I like doing the exercise – looking at the whole drawing, but then also look for the different interesting parts, and how they work on their own.

Here I started out with a collage that became a bit wilder as I went along- take a walk through the winter garden and discover the little details peaking out under the snow.

The garden markers are dressing up!

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Beauty weekend for the KNOWMO garden markers: I’m doing tests with different surface treatments, the black surfaces are ready to write on, I rusted the steal of some and varnished it afterwards, and  others I just varnished to avoid rusting.
All together, they are now sitting on my backyard bench while they dry out, and I thought they are a nice crowd worth a group photo… which one you like best?

KNOWMO, the first useful garden gnome is here!

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These gnomes makes you know more, that’s why I decided to call them KNOWMOs.

I had them made out of steal and the first few already  started their jobs, standing next to the freshly planted seeds and helping to remember what was planted where.

The markers are of normal steal and will be rusty within some time, what will give them a nice vintage look, and I think the rusty color will contrast nicely with the fresh green leaves that will (hopefully) grow around them soon….

gardensticker 2 colores1I’m doing some experiments with different surface treatments…  Which one you like better?

Have a good week, and remember: spring is on its way…

This year, plant your own vegetables and herbs!

It’s still a bit early, but we are preparing our seeds to be planted within a few weeks. Because this year, we will have our own herbs and some veggies that are difficult to buy. We got some really interesting seeds at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, check it out!
But there is no great garden without a garden dwarf, is there? So I present you the little helpers that are keeping the whole thing organized.

Most are made of galvanized steel, and some hold your note or even the seed bag, so you always know what care the seeds need, and what you planted. Image
Others are painted with chalkboard paint, so that you can write on them what you planted, and when. These are more abstract, and they are available in two sizes, whereas the big one allows you to hang the seed bag on, too.Image
…. if you really like the little gardendwarfs with their red hats, maybe yo will like this up-cycled model, where a chalkboard combines with a mini-dwarf that watches your garden grow.

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Maybe these little friends inspired you to think about planting your own stuff this year 😉
It’s fun!

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