From Art to Landscape

From Art to Landscape

Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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Garden designers face some daunting questions: How do I begin the creative process? Where can I find design inspiration? How will I know if my design is successful? If you approach these questions like an artist, with an artist's tools and ways of looking at the world, you will be able to design gardens that combine the unique character of a place with your innermost creative spirit. You'll make inspiring gardens that have real meaning, for yourself as well as others.

In this luminous volume, landscape architect and artist W. Gary Smith explores the various means that artists use--including drawing, painting, sculpture, meditation, poetry, and dance--to create personal connections with the landscape that enrich and inform garden design. Part 1 focuses on simple techniques that anyone can use to nurture creativity, unleash the imagination, and get ideas down on paper. Part 2 shows how these techniques have shaped actual design projects--with spectacular results.

Throughout, the author's friendly and encouraging voice removes the shroud of mystery surrounding the creative process and shows how even the least artistically inclined can tap into inner resources they never knew they had. Smith's own exuberant sketches and bold paintings illuminate the path from art to landscape.

Infectiously engaging and unfailingly inspiring, this eye-opening book deserves to be read and reread by anyone who aspires to master the rich and demanding art of garden design.
Publisher: Portland : Timber Press, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780881929737
Branch Call Number: 712.2 SMITH
Characteristics: 300 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.


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Jul 27, 2011

For me, the best part of this book was that it describes some patterns and shapes that one sees in nature. It defines them very nicely, with good examples and pictures. These are shapes that we see all the time and are naturally beautiful and pleasing to the eye. This book helped me define and recognize those shapes so that I can use them in my own art, and highlight them in my garden.

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