Ferns & Butterflies with Bronze Gate ~ Garden Art on recycled wood

Paintings on recycled wood!  A trip to the city dump finds recyclable backing boards, drawers & door panels from old furniture discards ~ perfect for garden and patio artworks.
Ferns with Flutterbys
Ferns – Butterflies – Dragonfly – Bronze Trellis – 3ft x 2ft on marine plywood

This painting was done circa 2000 (on mural off-cut plywood) and kept for my own yard as I enjoyed it so much.

Images for gardens and patio paintings can combine natural and geometric elements to create something akin to a garden ‘poem’.  Natural forms have geometry which has always inspired architecture in the past.  Geometry patterns in nature can be the focus of design elements, combined with abstracted pattern elements.

To create another painting on the theme, fresh photos of uncurling ferns give renewed inspiration with added elements.  The lilac and violet colours contrast fantastically with the lime green ferns, which could become a new colour palette for designs with giant flowers and fern patterns.  The tin frog adds an animist element.  His rusty colouring with pale turquoise also compliments the ferns with their russet base stems.  Rust can therefore become an important colour combining element.

The frog is playing a saxophone, as if the ferns are unfurling to the music.  This could become a new picture story theme in a new abstracted ‘musical frog with ferns’ design.

Colour combinations with pattern, are the music of design.

Interestingly all the colours forming the fresh inspiration are already in the old painting which had no other items around it, than the ferns by themselves.

Design development to be continued…..

Anchusa with unfurling fernsUnfurling ferns with tin frog

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