Art Journal: Artists' Book 17

· Read in about 1 min · (205 words) ·

This is my shrine to my secret garden. I actually love gardens and gardening. However, where I live, they aren’t really practical. So instead, I draw and paint them in abstract.

I often imagin them with various benches and sculptures tucked in here and there. So for this one, there is a cement head sculpture overlooking the plantings. Perhaps it is some sort of guardian!

Aside from the butterflies, this was painted with Caran d’Ache, Inktense and Albrecht Dürer Watercolor pencils. Liquatex Matte Medium, mixed with water, was used to dissolve the pigments.

The words are:

If you look the right way, you can see the whole world is a garden." - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mother nature has the best box of crayons. - Unknown

Be different. Be original. Nobody will remember a specific flower in a garden filled with thousands of the same yellow flower, but they will remember the one that managed to change it's color to purple. - Suzy Kassem

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. - Henri Matisse

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Unknown

Left: Tandika Star
Right: Tandika Star