Tending to the Garden of Your Art

Our art is like a seedling. We must nurture and take care of it daily in some way.

We can not always make it to the easel because life does get in the way. These are life’s priorities that shouldn’t be avoided though. That is not to say, that we are unable to do other little things that help promote the growth of our passion, our art.

When I was living in Orlando, years ago, I started a vegetable garden one Spring day. That first year I bought some seeds, put them in the ground and watered them. I tended to that garden every day that summer but to no avail.  My harvest was a handful of green beans, some little green tomatoes, and weird looking broccoli.

That season of little growth was needed for me to learn from and improve on the following Spring. During the subsequent winter, I went to the local agricultural society and had my garden’s soil tested. I aerated the soil, added peat moss, and compost. My garden’s yield was tenfold. I was giving away tomatoes to my friends and neighbors. My diligence in watering, soil research, and weeding had paid off. The next year I had researched even further and I was growing stalks of corn taller than me.  My neighbors would stop their cars and admire my bounty of vegetables. I had everything from tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and radishes, to name but a few.

I don’t  vegetable garden anymore but I take my experience of nurturing that garden and apply it to my art. With your art, it may look like nothing is growing but if you research, learn from past seasons, and water your art, you will eventually have a garden that many will stop and admire. So are you tending to the garden of your art?

4 thoughts on “Tending to the Garden of Your Art”

  1. Hi Tim. Yes I do tend to my art garden. I’m constantly thinking on how to improve my techniques and knowledge as well as my tools.
    I grew up in a huge garden, literally. My grandparents used to grow all the veggies we needed, plus we were breeding ducks for delicious eggs and meat. I know what it’s like to grow plants and everything it needs to have a successful crop. Nowadays I have no time to grow my own veggies but I plan on doing it again after I retired from my job.
    Best wishes to you, my friend.

    1. Hi Gaston, Yes, I agree that you are always innovating and coming up with amazing solutions to improving future paintings. That must have been a wonderful time to learn all those skills from your grandparents. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences.

    1. Hi Amy, Thank you so much I appreciate that! It’s great that we don’t need to be at the easel in order to get ready for a better future crop of paintings 🙂

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