“Charleston” (or, On Painting a Painter’s Garden)

I’ve waxed lyrical about Charleston before, in a much earlier post, and my most recent painting is my own tribute to a garden – indeed a place – that had a massive impact on me when I first visited it over 20 years ago and which has retained a special place in my psyche ever since.

Yet, even inspite of the very deep fondess that I have for the place, I still hesitated to paint it – and for much the same reason that I would hesitate to paint Monet’s garden at Giverny or Cezanne’s Monte Sainte-Victoire – for how could my efforts stand up to the inevitable comparison? For just a moment, it struck me that there might be something altogether presumptuous about painting a painter’s garden  – or, more strictly speaking, painters’ garden as Charleston was the shared home of artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell who created to the garden to designs by fellow artist Roger Fry – and it certainly made me stop and think more than I normally would.

Anyway, after a small internal wrestle, paint it I did and here is the result; something quite different to my other recent subjects (a Venetian canal, the rolling hills of Berkshire…) but a satisfying subject in lots of ways and a reminder that gardens – a profound love of mine and frequent target of my photographic efforts – could very well provide me with much more painting material if I had a mind to let them.

Find out more about Charleston – An Artists Home and Garden

About Helen White

Helen White is a professional artist and published writer with two primary blogs to her name. Her themes pivot around health and wellbeing, expanded consciousness and ways of noticing how life is a constant dance between the deeply subjective and the collective-universal, all of which she explores with a daily hunger to get to know herself better. While Spinning the Light is a free-for-all covering a multitude of playful and positive subjects, Living Whole is primarily a forum for health and lifestyle topics focussed on recovery from the chronic health challenges she has lived with for a number of years. Needless to say, their subjects cross over quite often.
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3 Responses to “Charleston” (or, On Painting a Painter’s Garden)

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