Have you ever visited an artist’s garden?
During the summer of hell in 2011, the OHS tour featured the gardens of local artists. That tour remains one of my favorites. I find artists’ gardens full of inspiration. I love the use of color and playful shapes to create the artist’s vision.
I’ve written about Keeyla Meadows before. Her garden announces her vision before you even step up to her door. Vivid colors, multiple shapes and a mix of flowers and leaves combine to make your visit one of eye-popping delight.
From her books, I knew there would be color. What I didn’t expect was how the color worked with the mixed media Keeyla creates. I found myself wanting to pack her containers in my suitcase. I doubt she wants to part with them, but a girl can wish. Keeyla’s mixed media were evident throughout the garden in walls, pots, pathways and raised beds. At the back of the garden was her studio. I think creative people desire a studio the same way a car restorer wants his/her own garage. A place away from everyone in which to do our work.
Just so you know, I write in my kitchen, the hub of the house. Don’t weep for me Argentina. I like it that way. A cup of tea, or a snack is only a couple of feet away.
I’ll let the pictures talk for Keeyla’s garden from here on. We were there at the height of a summer day so the light isn’t the best. Still, the garden shines and filled to the brim with beauty.