Sunday, January 17, 2010

Basil Art Show: Inspirations From the Garden

Extacy Almond Blosom by Mustata Hulugi at gallery Gavlak TR Beyoglum in Istanbul.

Trees have been created in a multitude of ways such as on canvas, carvings, bronze. Here is another representation. Check out these neon leaves. This really takes you by suprise as you approach from afar. Mennour, Paris.

Mobiles are back in a big way at the fair, here is a representation. This garden scene appears to be pouring out of the paint can!

Gardens Inspire Artists At Basil Art Fair

This mobile was amazing, with these detailed moss balls floating down. Each small "world" had beautiful layers of different kinds of moss.

Artist Ruud Van Enpel Stux Gallery, NYC.
The most important contemporary art fair in the United States was held in Miami Beach. As usual the art was amazing. There was a vast array of galleries representing artists from all over the world.
Artists throughout time have chosen to express their creativity through their experiences with plants, flowers and landscapes. The following art is a very small representation of the dozens of artists to choose from.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Go Green with Homeland Security

Homeland security begins at your home. How secure is your property from being burglarized? How can you safeguard your house and be green at the same time? Often security professionals tell us to keep visibility high around the house. This may be practical for a security perspective but,ugly to an avid gardener. A great way to keep burglars away from your windows it to plant horrible thorny plants. A drugged out burglar wanting some cash for his next fix is less likely to mess with getting all bloody trying to break a window with a cactus plant blocking easy access. Thorny roses are also effective as well as the bougainvillea vine. With one inch thorns, these cause a lot of unwanted pain Certain palms are notorious for their massive thorns, such as the ubiquitous pygmy date palm, or Phoenix robeillini. A cactus in a large clay pot is an effective deterrent against crime as well. I call these green security guards. Be well and be safe.