Thursday, 23 July 2015

Midnight Garden and Paper Artsy Challenge

 I so love my garden at night - it changes into a mysterious magical place.  
I have been working on a series of collages about my Midnight Garden and in this collage I am looking at how the garden changes at night and the secrets it holds. 
There is a thread of time running through the garden - the transient sensory experience that is over so quickly when the dawn breaks; the elusive scents, the night creatures and insects, and the dark and shadowy images of the garden in it's strange moonlit colour palette. 



I am linking up with Paper Artsy for their latest challenge called Time.  

11 comments:

  1. These images of your midnight garden are beautiful, Diana! Gardens do become magical in the night don't they? The shadows of the shrubs and branches of the trees are so wonderful and sculptural. You see things that aren't visible in the day light. Beautiful, beautiful work!

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  2. Another beautiful piece Diana. I love old ledger paper. Do you have any tips on how to source any?

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  3. Love the fragility of it which is a feeling that I get when I venture out into a night garden! xx

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  4. This is absolutely stunning. The garden itself is an indicator of the passage of time, as plants grow, bloom, and die back (unless all you have is evergreens!) and repeat as the years pass. So your nighttime garden is sort of a microcosm of that, too. I love the delicate and ephemeral elements you used to carry that theme through.

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  5. So lively, Diana! The indigo blue is incredible.....goes perfectly with all of the other touches you've put together - just stunning! xxx Lynn

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  6. Perfection....a collection of beautiful ephemera brought together in composition with such an amazing blue! A new favourite....LOVE visiting your blog Diana! Ruth x

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  7. So beautiful. I just love your thinking behind your art. Gorgeous and magical.

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  8. Fabulous, Diana. I love the use of the postage stamps, and the "timelessness" of the clock without hands - time stands still in the moonlit garden! Such a gorgeous limited palette that really captures the atmosphere of the nocturne.

    Shoshi

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  9. Diana, thank you for such kind words about my blog! I am glad you are enjoying it. I've got so much equipment (probably waaaay too much lol!) but it's all useful! I aam glad you have found some of my stuff interesting and useful. I like to think outside the box. I often get stuff that is not art/craft related, not least because it is often so much cheaper and available in larger quantities. I'm basically an extremely nosy person who likes poking about on the internet just to see what's out there!!!

    Like you, I got so fed up with all my warped cutting mats that I did an onlilne search for heat proof mats and came across Presspahn - not designed for craft stuff though I have been in contact with the appropriately named Matt on the site, saying they ought to get a stand at craft shows and flog their wares because frankly those mats are a life saver. I have several now and have no further worries. It annoys me that they always say the non-stick craft sheets are heat proof - they may be, but they offer no protection for what's underneath.

    I don't use my hot knife very often but once I get into more textile stuff I will probably start using it for cutting Vylene and burning holes through fabrics etc. Have you come across Kim Thittichai who does absolutely amazing stuff with soldering irons? She features on Colouricious which is a great site too with loads of excellent tutorials.

    Thank you also for your continuing good wishes for my treatment. I managed to make some phone calls this a.m. and potter about a bit but then crashed big time and have rested ever since - not feeling at all well. I think once the steroids stop working (I take them for 2 days after each treatment) that's when the rot sets in. Just got to go with the flow and hope it passes by next week, like it did last time, so I can get on with stuff again. It may be a bore, but if it leads to a cancer free life, it's well worth it!!

    Shoshi

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  10. Oh love this theme.... very much :)

    Karen x

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  11. Beautiful, elegant & textural work!

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