HELEN JOHNSON ARTIST IN THE GARDEN

HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN MY GARDEN SERIES


Throughout 2022 I am inviting you to join me as I take inspiration from gardens up and down the land, both in the UK and in Northern France.

I will be videoing my travels and explorations in the gardens I visit and from the point of view of a landscape painter will share with you my thoughts and inspiration gained from each, including discussions with gardeners and interesting objects/ subjects within the gardens I visit.

I will share with you my reasons for painting and help you to understand how I make my large abstract paintings. Abstractions of colour, shape, form, light and subject within my work, hopefully helping you on your journey within the art world – whether you are an interested amateur, a seasoned expert or an interested collector/ observer of art.

This week I have been at Les Gaignieres, in Northern France. This is the garden that is attached to my French studio and has already inspired me to create many works throughout the summer and autumn of 2021




These three pictures featured hopefully show you how, as a contemporary artist, I approach an abstract piece and the development from a more traditional image to an original painting that has more energy, vibrancy and emotion – all qualities I experience and see when in the garden itself, which I find much easier to express in an abstract form.

Painting is for me so much more than representing a facsimile of an image I see.

In his book ‘The Unquiet Landscape’ Christopher Neve says: