Flower Plaza

paintings

Public Space, Flower Plaza

Design for color saturated public park, featuring walkways, a cafe, paddle tennis courts, an event space, fountain, sculptures and play grounds.

Garden Design Paintings, further notes

emilia kallock, gardens, nature

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.

Bird Songs

paintings

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

Planet (Dance)

amor, animals, emilia kallock, flowers, landscape, nature, painting, paintings

Painting in progress 4/25/19

paintings

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-

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.

The Walking Eye

fantasy

The Walking Eye, acrylic on industrial wallpaper, 47 by 53 in. Collaboration by Emilia Kallock with Verenice and Max, 2018

Protection

sketches

Flower: shade forest flower, arms painted with watercolor and charcoal taken from old growth cedar tree stump -remained from clearings 100 years ago