Secret Garden Design

fantasy, flowers, landscape, nature, northwest art, paintings

Even though I created this garden design painting in the states, it’s fitting I post about it now in Chile, initially inspired by the dreamy courtyard gardens at Huilquilemu – a large Spanish era colonial villa southeast of Santiago used for community festivals and currently under restoration by the local university. The garden in Chile was originally planted by a well traveled widow 150 years ago that brought plants from all over the world for her yard. When I visited, the space was a little wild, but that added to the mystery of the place. Araucaria (monkey Puzzle tree, indigenous to Chile) palm and pine shaded the geometric layout of the grounds.

finished Secret Garden Design, 50 by 50 in. watercolor on repurposed wallpaper, Emilia Kallock 2019,. Huilquilemu as well as the two parks in Seattle (Greenlake and Volunteers Park) created by the Olmstead Brothers in the early 1900s inspired greatly my “secret garden” design here. My painting explains the type of trees and plants to comprise the approximately 2 acre garden as well as the surrounding wall plantings and the 4 additional entrances besides the main gate. I chose the trees according to aesthetics and viability in the Pacific Northwest. My grandmothers in Chile and Washington State were both avid gardeners and both planted gardens where they lived, leaving a legacy of a large variety trees, plants and flowers. Many of these are drawn into the secret garden blueprint.

human figure, landscape, oil, painting
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In the Sculpture Garden, Santiago, Chile, oil on board, 12 by 18 in. Emilia Kallock

A three hour session creating the sepia layer in my first try at sfumato, an Italian renaissance painting technique that Leonardo and Rembrandt used.  We’ll see where it goes from here.

 

sketches

Paper sketches, themes from Chile

sketches, watercolor

More joie de vivre in parks and plazas in Chile. Most all these sketches are done live of people, and my daughter and her friend playing in these great tree and playground-equipment filled civic spaces.  Tree in the Plaza, watercolor and pen on paper, 11 by 9 in. Emilia Kallock 2017Plaza Villa Alemana, watercolor on paper, 11 by 9 in. Emilia Kallock 2017Pintando en el Parque, watercolor on paper, 10 by 8 in Emilia Kallock 2017
Antonia and Gabriella en Plaza Belloto, Watercolor on paper, 11 by 9 in Emilia Kallock 2017Juegos Scene, Chile, watercolor on paper,9 by 11 in. Emilia Kallock 2017

flowers, landscape, nature, sketches, watercolor

A continued focus on flowers, trees and public parks while I am here in Chile.  The following watercolors are observations on the peaceful vibe always felt in the well attended plazas.  I also continue fantasizing about park designs which I feel would be like 3-D painting but with living things.  The Jacaranda tree and the Bougainvillea vine are currently stealing my heart.