The White House garden is not that big as we live on a 30 by 120 foot lot, so most of the space is taken up by the house and the garage.
However, the neighbours have been very generous and allowed us to let our garden grow onto their property. You could say we are invasive gardeners.
So we have a front garden that spans three homes, a patio garden in the back yard and the secret garden between two garages.
The garden is also not very diverse as Calgary's climate is limiting in what will grow here.
But even so, springtime brings some brilliant colours, beautiful shapes and strange juxtapositions.
Mother Nature is the best artist!
I also love taking photos of the garden and then manipulating them into artworks.
I am always amazed and surprise when I take close up photos and then magnify them even more what interesting forms and colours come to life. It is like a different world.
Back Story: Perhaps my interest in magnification is a result of many years as a university biology student looking down a microscope.
Painting vs Photography
I love the softness that happens as the focus of the photographs begin to breakdown and the foreground and backgrounds blends. I see parallels with the art of Claude Monet, Lauren Harris, Georgia O'Keeffeand Emily Carr or any of the Fauvists. I often wonder what kind of art they would produce in the 21st century, given new technologies.
Would they still be painters?
I also think of Calgary photographer Neil Zeller and his stunning sky photographs, especially the northern lights and wonder what he might create if he was to turn his attention to gardens.
Bold, Brilliant & Beautiful
I thought I would share some of these up close and personal images from the White House garden and get your feedback. I hope you enjoy this exhibition titled "Bold, Brilliant & Beautiful" from the White House garden and have a great summer....