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.
The Walking Eye, acrylic on industrial wallpaper, 47 by 53 in. Collaboration by Emilia Kallock with Verenice and Max, 2018
Notes, book, bra, watercolor and pen on paper, 8 by 10 in. Emilia Kallock 2018
Flower: shade forest flower, arms painted with watercolor and charcoal taken from old growth cedar tree stump -remained from clearings 100 years ago
On the way to Incheon airport on the Seoul metro, I only caught a glimpse of her face, as it had been mostly buried in a book. Her clothes and suitcases were earthier in style than the de facto black jackets and white sneakers that most everyone else was wearing. Her luggage seemed heavy but she moved it effortlessly. In that moment I fell in love with her, and then the doors opened and we all hustled away in the crowd in different directions.
Young stylish father with two sons on vespa in Hanoi, Lunar New Year 2018
A continuation of the romantic mood. How should time be spent?
Clownfish are so interesting! They have a symbiotic relationship with sea anemones- living amongst their poisonous tentacles, keeping them clean. In turn they’re offered protection. Clownfish also change genders during their lifetime. This painting is dedicated to someone I’m in love with:-)