Monday, April 5, 2010

Nature and Artifice


I think I can safely say that I love the romantic as much as the scientific.
There is something truly romantic about formal gardens, 
beautifully planned parks and even cemeteries.
They appeal to my orderly ways, my obsession with patterns,
my love of flowers and trees.
So I started this little series of knot gardens.

I have never been to England, believe me - I dream of the day.
However, I have have seen some truly amazing gardens in my travels.
Some small, some grand - from Dumbarton Oaks to Versailles.
I never tire of these outdoor rooms, so artfully crafted.

14 comments:

kathiroussel said...

holly-- just spotted these new pieces of yours on the dashboard-- i love the way your mind works!!-these are brilliant interpretations of formal gardens --you've really captured the spirit and the layouts beautifully but naturally with your fabulous heart and hand!!

XO!!

holly aka golly said...

Kathi, thank you so much! I love your "ring" a day series. They are so clever and beautifully photographed too!

cindy shake said...

Holly, these are so lovely!! The colors are fresh and happy with wonderful lines :o) The images would make beautiful note cards...

denise nestor said...

These are fantastic holly! I love how you can apply the same delicacy and texture to a larger scene like this, as you do to your paintings of feathers and leaves. gorgeous :)

holly aka golly said...

Cindy, Thank you! Lovely idea!

Denise, You are so kind! Many thanks!

Vivi said...

LOVE these. So. Much.

flor said...

This series is amazing, Holly. Love the story behind. Hope to see you in England some time! xxx

holly aka golly said...

Vivi, thank you for stopping by! You are so sweet!

Flor, I adore your work! I hope to get there some day! Thank you for stopping by!

Iris Schwarz / Paulette Edition said...

Holly these are just wonderful! What an amazing theme – the garden! Thank you!

holly aka golly said...

Iris, I look at your prints every day! Thank you for your kind words!

caroline said...

completely gorgeous! have you seen the movie "pollock" ? this line comes to mind, "holly...you've cracked it wide open!" :)

holly aka golly said...

Caroline, I haven't seen it - I'll add it to my netflix! Thank you!

Missouri Bend Paper Works said...

Holly,

I love your work and recently started following your blog...really love these new gardens pieces. I'm a great lover of gardens and pattern too!

Thanks for giving your work to the world--you make it a better place!

Patti Roberts-Pizzuto
MissouriBendStudio

holly aka golly said...

Patti, You are so kind to say so! Thank you for visiting today!