Flower And Garden
Add charm and freshness to your home with still life garden art and flower paintings direct from artist studio online below or in person at Koehler Art Studio Gallery
. The hand-painted original watercolor, oil and acrylic art includes garden scenes with arbors, gazebo, rock garden path and flowers. Rustic hand-operated water pump paintings feature watering cans, clay pots, garden implements, old buckets and farm fences. Potting shed paintings feature gardening tools, greenhouse blooms, rock garden path and wheelbarrow paintings. From paintings of the wild country charm of English cottage gardens to well-groomed Japanese zen garden art, the vibrant strong artwork shown below will enhance your traditional home or cottage and bring warmth and character to the modern spaces of your up-dated contemporary home. The following works of art are by artist
HANNE LORE KOEHLER
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MY PASSION FOR GARDENING
Most of my still life paintings depict a deeper meaning and emotion than is initially apparent. Through the use of visual metaphors, I try to create an atmosphere, a mood, a story. A rickety old overgrown hand-operated water pump in the garden stands like a monument to good times and magnificent moments or as a sentinel guarding precious blooms. Remnants of broken clay pots, rusty watering cans and galvanized buckets are testament to glory days past. Although these are essentially still life paintings, summer breezes echo through the swaying plants and in the flow of the paintings. The elusive shadows of dappled sunlight remind us of the passing of time. Enjoy while you can!
"My parents were avid gardeners and appreciated the beauty of each bloom. Their love for their garden was passed on to me. I can spend hours planting, transplanting, arranging rocks, building stone pathways, trimming shrubs, dead-heading flowers, etc. - getting lost in my happy chores. As I watch our children with their homes and lovely yards, I realize that I had the same influence on them.
To me, gardening is relaxing while excercising at the same time. The bonus is creating a beautiful environment while achieving a sense of accomplishment. Although at times it seems like "gardening" is a euphemism for "weeding" and the chore can get overwhelming when other things in life are more urgent, there is still a sense of satisfaction to getting the job done. I hope that my love of gardening is reflected in my paintings. An interesting old garden shed bursting with garden tools, wheelbarrow, old galvanized watering cans, clay pots, tulip, daffodil and gladiola bulbs sorted for planting are fascinating subjects to paint for me. Wind chimes, bird houses, decorative vines and rock walls are intriguing and when the last glimmer of sunlight of the day highlights the red tones of the terra cotta pot with a crack and broken chard, the scene has captured my heart and I am compeled to paint it.
With all the work that needs to be done in the garden, I find that I do most of my painting during the winter months. This is where the camera comes in handy. Recent technology has made the digital camera an invaluable tool for contemporary artists. We are able to take countless photos of the garden, different plants and spectacular blooms under different lighting conditions. Since the life of a flower is usually shorter than the time it takes to paint it and lighting changes from moment to moment, I find the camera is the only way to freeze that moment in time where the lighting is perfect, the bloom amazing. I find that painting a summer garden scene or flower during the winter brings twice the pleasure. I am engrossed in the detail of the bloom and forget about the blizzard outside my window.