A few people have asked about the gallery fence shown in the background of a recent post and although an image of me has never appeared on this blog I think I might get away with the one below, as it was from a few years ago and I have changed considerably since then (less green…) and the Golfer has had a nose job….
The fence was constructed (out of pallets) as a kind of architectural full stop and cried out for something on it, which developed into the concept of a gallery fence. Now, I am no artist – the only time I was awarded more than 30% in an art exam was when we had to build a scale model, which I loved doing, and I have long since realised that there is a lot more to ‘art’ than painting and drawing. However, despite my limited painting skills, the pictures on the gallery fence worked well and add colour and interest to the garden throughout the year. Above is ‘Interior with Man and Woman’ (after Picasso), copied from a drawing by Elder Daughter (who is artistically inclined) and painted on exterior MDF with acrylic paints and then given three coats of varnish.
Below is ‘The Artist’s Garden’ (after Manet) an impressionist view of the garden prior to the most recent revamp, and below that is ‘Composition with Green, Purple and Pink’ (after Mondrian). We could all paint a Mondrian!
The paintings have survived a number of years outside in all weathers (certainly more than five) and are just one of a number of concepts I have used to supplement plants in the garden. There are also several quotations in different mediums like the one at the beginning of the post, simple sculptural ideas like the spider’s web, supports painted in bright colours, or quirky things from antique fairs or car boots (like the head, a deconstructed iron bed end or an urn with a huge hole in the back) looking out for which has become second nature. Vintage garden equipment is something else to be watched out for – all at bargain prices of course as not everyone wants an old mower or roller.