Public Garden Design 3: Natural Color and Scent Saturated Environments with Sculptural Features

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Garden Design Paintings, further notes

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Blockbuster Garden design scene, watercolor on paper

Why am I designing gardens? As I grow older I want to spend more and more time outdoors, and realize how important nature, beauty and relaxation are in our hectic lives.   Gardens are living sculptures, and I love how each season yields different wonders to behold.  There are so many living things available for planting and creating immersive worlds of natural beauty.  All of my garden designs have a few things in common.  I hope to make living environments where beauty, mystery and play are accessible to all people, and to bring awareness to the importance of spending time in nature.  All the gardens are parks designed to be open to the public and free of charge.  I chose specific trees, shrubs and flowers for their unique aesthetic qualities and relative low maintenance to flourish and work in tandem with nature.  Their placement and beauty will continue to grow and increase with age.  The gardens are designed to involve students and citizens in many ways by being fun and refreshing places to learn and participate in garden upkeep and plant education.   I also intend on inviting participation to design

Garden Design notes, watercolor on paper

and build some structural elements such as walkway pavers, plant containers and sculptures.   As illustrated in my paintings and notes, the gardens are designed to evoke certain moods.  For example, in The Secret Garden, hidden entrances and a combination of flowers and vines, even if left unattended, will add a feeling of mystery and wonder.  The Blockbuster Garden and Animated Garden utilize multiple plantings of each type of plant and tree to create saturated color and scent environments.  The Blockbuster Garden also employs structures and sculptures to add an even more playful quality.  In each garden, there will be a plaque paying homage and commemorating the preservation of natural ecosystems and wild places- which after all, are the world’s true gardens.

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Gratitude Pause, watercolor and charcoal on newsprint, 20 by 26 in. Emilia Kallock, 2019

Inspired by Daily Bread by Eric Enstrom,

Bird Songs

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Bird Songs (Inspired by Swanson’s Thrush) watercolor on paper, 6 by 9 in. Emilia Kallock, 2019

Laying in the Driveway: 45 minutes

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An account of: Laying in the Driveway for 45 minutes.

I did something different today after I dropped off my daughter and her

friend at school.  I pulled into my driveway and decided to lay down. I awoke today with really strong pain in my shoulder sockets and lower neck. It was hard to wash my hair in the morning, and I could feel it when I made breakfast and packed lunch for my daughter.   My friends, who are staying with me for a while took these pictures.  The first ones are of me laying my stomach, holding my glasses so they didn’t break.  The ground felt cool, and I tried to relax my neck.  About 10 minutes went by and I saw no need to get up. I thought about some things that can stress me out- the large trucks that decompress their brakes in front of my house, the bills, my laptop, the garden that needs tending, do I need to get married?, helping my daughter prepare for her end of year school play, fixing the car, the ridiculousness of why I was laying down near the middle of my driveway- and then after a while I let the thoughts pass. I wasn’t angry or sad, I just wanted to participate in all of it differently. I listened to the birds chirping and the wind in the trees.  I turned around to lay on my back and that helped my shoulders relax more against the hard ground.  I know dirt was sticking to my clothes and hair.  The sun was strong and started stinging my face. I flipped my shirt up over my head and let the sun fall on my armpits. I hear animals lay in the sun and use it to heal themselves. Although I’m sure my friends thought it was weird, my cat didn’t, and just walked passed me and laid down.  In total 45 minutes passed.  I slowly got up as one does from savasana practice in yoga, and had a partially smoked cigarette in my studio.

Outdoor Stanwood plein aire

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My Safari easel is a bit cumbersome and heavy but once I set it up it’s sturdy, but it was SO nice to paint outdoors for a change. A friend and I walked to the very end of the Stillaguamish River, through mud puddles and over driftwood (which I painted) and set up a picnic. The wind picked up and it finally got to chilly and we returned shortly after sundown.

Driftwood, Stillaguamish Delta, oil on paper, 20 by 23 in .Emilia Kallock 2019

Driftwood with Picnic Supplies, Stillaguamish Delta, oil on paper, 20 by 23 in .Emilia Kallock 2019

Planet (Dance)

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Painting in progress 4/25/19

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Dedicated to Charles- 1/4 around the globe so far, painting outdoors- something new-

Painting in progress 4/25/19

paintings

Dedicated to Charles- 1/4 around the globe so far, painting outdoors- something new-

Painting Workshop 2019; Versatile Brush Techniques

paintings

Here is a description and photos of the latest workshop I am offering in 2019.

 

Discover a variety of brush handling techniques drawing from Norwegian

Rosemaling, Asian Calligraphy and 20 years of professional artist

experience with Emilia Kallock. In this class we will be

experimenting with exciting ways to handle paint

brushes and water based paint. Emilia will share step by step

examples of these brushwork styles and ways to unlock its infinite artistic and

decorative potential. All skill levels encouraged, no painting or

drawing experience necessary. Materials provided.

Day in Bed

paintings, process, sketches, travel

I’ve spent most of the day in bed today due to a hurt back, so I’ve enjoyed the sketchbook-