Saturday, July 18, 2015

Intrinsic Value | Garden Gems | Translucence | Artistic Inspiration from Nature



The 4 C’s Carat, Clarity, Colour, and Cut
Digging and searching for gems is an exciting adventure. One of our favorite family trips was spring break, camping at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. One day was spent trudging over large clumps of dirt in the crater, scooping up dirt into our sifting screens, shaking and searching in vain for that one elusive diamond to treasure - found with our own hands and hard work.

Standing in the pavilion, forlorn, we spied a weathered-looking man raise his hand toward the sky grasping a dirt covered cloudy-looking nugget and exclaiming, "there she is!" Come to find out he finds diamonds often. He shared his secret, "you must dig deep and find a VEIN of the soil of a certain color and that is where you will find the diamonds."



The quality and value of a diamond are determined by the characteristics, carat, clarity, colour, and cut. Intrinsic value is added to a garden by selecting plants with leaves that supply translucent qualities, unlike a diamond, elusive a moment in time, unable to quantify so clearly with 4C's.













BEAUTY IS IN THE DETAILS
ARTISTIC UNDERSTANDING OF LINE, FORM, AND WEIGHT

ENHANCED PERSPECTIVE


Trees add a beautiful canopy of translucency to our garden as the sun radiates energy through the leaves creating sweet sugars and supplying us with life sustaining, oxygen. 

The artist, Henri Matisse’s 1935 print, Interior with Leaves depicts a philodendron that he grew in his studio. He felt the plant helped him better understand line, form and weight in compositions. 
Henri Matisse’s 1935 print Interior with Leaves depicts a philodendron that he grew in his studio. He felt the plant helped him better understand line, form and weight in compositions. (© 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society, courtesy of Marlborough Gallery). Top: On a gallery wall of the exhibition is White Petal Forest Diamond (Philodendron), a 2015 digital wallpaper by Carl Pascuzzi and Phoebe St. Germain Fellowes for EDGE Collections. Courtesy of Wolfsonian-FIU:
Martha Swartz Design

Landscape architect, Martha Schwartz designed flowing tropical leaves in an installation at Barclay Bank, London. The translucent canopy creates a diffusing and ethereal effect.



 ARTISTIC INSPIRATION FROM NATURE: LINE, FORM, WEIGHT, TRANSLUCENCY and COLOR



Persian Palm ~ Elephant Ear





Papyrus Sedge



Pink Muhly Grass




 Swiss Chard



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