Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Gardens as art

I have been busily finishing up the last page of illustration for my book. But each day must include a few moments away from brushes and paint pots to walk my gardens.

  I've always thought that planting a garden is a bit like creating a painting.
 You start with a blank canvas, then apply colors, shapes. designs and images in a pleasing
  Hopefully, when you are finished, you will have something quite glorious.

 It is interesting to note how often the paintings in this current book, reflect the "paintings in my garden"

 For example, my fence is almost identical to Mamsey Bears..

    But hers is whitewashed.

We have a little pump suspiciously similar to this one.

As tomatoes grow up a trellis...
Beans grow into a "tree", In the Potager.

Flowers spontaneously "combust"!

 In joyous confusion!
Culinary delights please the eye,

   AND the palate

Wisteria and honeysuckle sensuously twist and tangle their way to the tops of trees and rooftops


  and pathways are lined in the color BLUE.

 and purple too.
 Gardens exist for everyone to enjoy.

Just like storybooks and art.
   Is it possible to love ones  gardens  as much as one loves books and stories and music?
All the sections of illustration are from my book "Mamsey Bear and Mopkin"
and I am merely brush strokes away from finishing the Book Jacket, that is the last piece I usually do.
Next, I have just a few odds and ends to "tie up". Soon, off to editing and then to the printer.


  1. Jeri, I wish there was a magical way to fly over everyone's home and gardens, and pay a visit to see and touch the textures of all the things each of us loves. Your garden is an extension of your art, and vice-versa.

    There is something satisfying, yet deliciously unsatisfied in art of any kind. You create something, stand back and admire it, and then you want to tweak something, add or even take away; I think this is what makes art ALIVE. It is in constant evolution, improving, morphing, and it is fine with me.

    I have been enjoying my garden. Most of the fun is going out there to clip, to change the placement of a stone on the path, or rearranging the urns. Oh the glories of art in any form!

    YOU SHOULD SEE THE RABBITS in our yard; they are fat! teehehehe

    Enjoy your day sweet friend. Anita

  2. Your garden is glorious, Jeri. It's wonderful to see where your inspiration comes from. Thank you for sharing, and congratulations on finishing your book! Maybe now you will have more time for relaxing and enjoying your beautiful garden.

  3. no wonder your gardens inspire you. they are glorious.

  4. Gardens are priceless jewels we are blessed with.

    I love seeing yours and how you have incorporated bits and pieces of it into the lovely artwork in your books.

    As always Jeri, your posts inspire me.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  5. gardens like yours truly are like artwork. And I know that it takes a lot of laboring of love to create something this lovely. Congratulations for another year of bounty given back to you for your labors. Oma Linda

  6. Beautiful, as always-thanks. Have a great weekend

  7. Beautiful Jeri!!!
    and I love in your drawing the cute little feet that approach the purple !!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

  8. Ah Jeri - I do see the reflection of your gardens echoed in your art. Everything looks lovely and truly a place to rest and reflect and maybe find a Maimsey picking some of those beans and a few flowers for her table as well. I enjoyed my visit so much as I always do friend. Have a great week-end. Glad to hear you are almost finished with your book.

  9. I can hardly wait for your book. Your garden and ilustrations are BEAUTIFUL. I love your fence too!

  10. Your garden like your paintings are beautiful. I love all the daisies spreading around. You have so many wonderful touches around your garden and portage. Lovely.

  11. Your garden is really wonderful! I wish I could get into gardening, but I seem to have a bit of a black thumb and biting and stinging bugs can sense me from 100 yards!

    So lovely, and congrats on finishing up the book!!!

  12. Oh what a wonderful place you have! I was wondering if Fionna could visit with my geese? They would like to have a tea party, and three geese would be just right.
    Love ya!
    PS LOVE your art-it's amazing!

  13. Well Debra, I must tell you that Fionna prefers pink Lemonade to tea,she is rather stuffy in that regard. But if your geese will oblige her this one small foible, she would love to come to "tea" and will bring along the oysters on a platter.

  14. I so enjoy receiving your updates, so inspirational and whimsical...my "secret" gardens are almost to where I want them, and my mom's memorial garden as well... it's been a great gardening year over here in PA.. thanks so much for sharing with us... robin

  15. Oh so refreshing and joyful to stroll through your beautiful garden. My arthritis prevents me from doing as much as I used to but even simple is lovely.
    Thank you for sharing,I feel like I'm there in person when I see your photo's.

  16. I love it!! A true wonder!You've created an authentic paradise, and that is what move your pictures and your books. I think that your imagination is so great, that even if you live in the desert, you dibujarías as well, but if you add to that a beautiful environment, the result is spectacular.Sorry my translation.
    A big hug.
    Mª Carmen Duque.

  17. Your gardens are inspirational for sure! Can't wait to see the new book!

  18. Your garden is a sight to behold...a virtual feast for the eyes !
    So many colors, and shapes and sizes, all living harmoniously together.
    Please tell me what the name of the blue Bluebell shaped flowers are, they look suspiciously like my late mother-in-law's flowers, picked on a whim, but without a name....
    I am so in love with your beautiful home and garden.

    1. Jo, They are Spanish Bluebells, grown from bulbs, and they multiply like crazy each year.

  19. it is such a joy to see your garden
    your fence is AMAZINGLY wonderful
    love that so many of the details of your life are in your books
    congratulations on near completion!!

  20. Oh my goodness! What a treat this is Jeri. Your garden is your art.. Your home is such an inspiration, as is your artwork.. This book has got me on pins and needles.. Details, details, everywhere. I am so excited to see it in it's completion.. Do you think we are looking at a few months before it is available?

    I would love to have you built me a fence like yours... Got the time? teeeee. Every time I see it, it just makes me smile.. What workmanship.. Have a question... Second photo down, is that Queen Ann's Lace up by the house? A little hard for me to see..

    Thank you so much for your visit while I was away from the computer.
    Wishing you a beautiful week ahead
    With great admiration and friendship,

    1. Penny, those are ox-eye Daisies, they grow wild in our fields and I transplant them into every garden. We do have a lot of Queen Annes lace, but it is just starting to bloom. I am doing the "cleanup work" on my paintings, and expect the book to go to print early August! Yeah!

  21. Dear Cousin Jeri,

    Your gardens and your drawings of your gardens are just beautiful!
    We can see how you are inspired to draw from your own gardens and all the critters that live there!

    We love your painting of Mopkin in the garden with her sweet old fashioned clothing! How exciting that your book will soon be done and at the printer!

    Your cousins,
    Diane, daughter Sarah, and Tillie Tinkham the seamstress mouse at the Corgyncombe Courant

  22. Hi Jeri - so long since I visited and it's been lovely to see your lush and sunny garden interspersed with the illustrations for Mamsey Bear & Mopkin. Pure pleasure. Lesley x

  23. I don't know how I missed this wonderful post ! The gardens are lovely, as are your illustrations. Isn't it blissful when our home and surroundings guide our creativity sublimely !

  24. YOU are MY heroine. Loved this so much. Need to write you, but have been ill. I actually just posted about the shingles and how much Aloe has helped me.

    More later. Love it all.



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