"The garden is a ground plot
for the mind."
for the mind."
—Thomas Hill, The Gardener's Labyrinth, 1577
Several days in a row of spring rains are keeping me from putting in my vegetable beds as I'd planned, but the Illustration Friday topic of "cultivate" has me thinking of gardening nonetheless. (I found that wonderful quote in a book that I love to page through when I can't be outside in a real garden: The Garden of Reading.)
This magnolia drawing (also part of my page banner) was drawn at a workshop that I attended quite a few years ago at Filoli, an historic estate with beautiful gardens about thirty minutes north of where I live. (The mansion was used for the exterior shots in the tv show "Dynasty", once upon a time.) Filoli has a wonderful botanical drawing program, but the classes are quite pricey—however, the two-day workshops are a little more affordable. The class description said that all mediums were welcome, but I was the only person not using watercolors, which I found a little intimidating. I never completed the drawing (I'm not sure I even went back for the second day, come to think of it), but I kind of like the fact that the image is sort of blossoming out of the white paper.
At that time, I did very little drawing for pleasure. But in the following years, I would occasionally steal a peek at this piece, as if to remind myself that, even though I didn't have the time or inclination to cultivate it, the artistic side of me was lying dormant, ready to emerge when the time was right.
By the way, two of my favorite farmers/gardeners are back in my life this week: The Fabulous Beekman Boys will be back for Season Two on Planet Green on Tuesday, March 22! (There is also a Season One marathon being shown today, at this very moment.) You may remember that I blogged about and drew my Beekman 1802 goat milk soaps here and here, back in January, and even got a comment from the guys themselves. Love them, love the show, love Josh's book, love their goats...you get the idea.