Category Archives: Garden

the silence of growing things

ever since I was a young girl I have had a strong connection to nature…

Magpie's Nest Eastern Black Swallowtail in our garden

there were years when being a full time gardener was my saving grace helping me through difficult times…Magpie's Nest Silence of growing things

I do not garden as much as I used to for various reasons but my Love of nature is still strong…Magpie's Nest Thyme in the garden

these pages were inspired as I came across some get well cards sent to me in 2003 (I know!!! I am working to alter my saving ways with most of the cards now in the recycle bin but the card front which is the centerpiece of my right hand page highlights the natural wonder of herb gardening so I decided to do another spread)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz AJJ Aug 2016 NATURE's WONDERS

many thanks to Gill for hosting the wonderful theme of NATURE’S WONDERS for Art Journal Journey this month…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Enjoy the Moment

there is boundless creativity and inspiration on the AJJ challenge blog month after month ~♥~ special thanks to Susi and Valerie for keeping the fun going!!!

joy in the garden…

joining Yvonne’s lovely IN MY GARDEN there is challenge over at Art Journal Journey…Magpie's Nest TAP Transfer of Carcassonne CastleI created these pages earlier in the month before the tragedies of Nice and Rouen…

Magpie's Nest Beeswax flowersusing  bits of Misty Mawn collage strip… beeswax dipped book text flowers… stamped strips of paper… TAP transfer of Carcassonne castle on canvas paper… paint and rubber stamping with computer generated words…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Joie Dans le Jardin“We need Joy as we need air.
We need Love as we need water.
We need each other as we need the earth we share.” -Maya Angelou

fresh as a daisy…

using a copy of my earlier artwork I got busy on two more journal pages for Yvonne’s IN MY GARDEN there is challenge over at Art Journal Journey…

Magpiels fresh as a daisy starter

still playing with daisies and my favorite color blue…

Magpie's Nest Fresh as a daisy gesso

feeling the sizing wasn’t quite right on the first lady … a different lady spoke to me...

Magpie's Nest daisy right

I like the way she melted into the painted page framed a bit with pressed flower fusion paper at the top and plaster stenciled book text at the bottom…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Fresh as a Daisy

“A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul.” Sadi

… weeds make haste …

this page began with a copy of one of my recent background pagesMagpie's Nest Daisy closeup

the daisies are stickers that I have had for a long long time having bought them just because

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Weeds make haste

 thanks to “The Sweet Swan of Avon” for the perfect quote above…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Flower iphoneography

and here is a digital piece I also made for Yvonne’s Art Journal Journey  IN THE GARDEN there is challenge… there is a lot to say about weeds but I won’t go there

garden of dreams…

another spread for Yvonne’s IN MY GARDEN there is theme for Art Journal Journey…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz background pages

working in my DREAM journal with layers of paper napkin… paint and gesso…

Magpie's Nest Nigella

torn bits of Misty Mawn collage sheet fabric fusion paper with a Love-in-a-Mist bloom from my flower press...

Magpie's Nest black capped chickadeepressed flower fusion paper and tissue paper…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Garden of Dreams

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in – what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” -Victor Hugo

Frieden im Garten…

Frieden im Garten/Peace in the Garden and everywhere is something we can all use more of…Magpie's Nest Frieden buttercup page

two more collaged and painted pages for Yvonne’s IN MY GARDEN there is challenge at Art Journal Journey… 

Magpie's Nest winged girl in the garden

some pressed buttercups added a pop of color…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Frieden im Garten

continued prayers for PE♥CE and healing around the globe and especially for France…

“He who sits in the house of grief will eventually sit in the garden” ~ Hafiz

in the gloaming…

Misty Mawn's collage paper gifts
inspired by some collage papers that I received as a gift several years ago I got busy on two pages where I used white gesso and blue paint for the background… Gloaming definition Blue Gesso page
almost too nice to cover up I forged ahead adding collage bits…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Pink flower girl
 sparkly netting… rhinestones…
Magpie's Nest in the gloaming left page
a bit of rubber stamping…
Magpie's Nest twilight suppliespressed flowers and leaves…
“The French called this time of day ‘l’heure bleue’.  To the English it was ‘the gloaming.’ The very word ‘gloaming’ reverberates, echoes – the gloaming, the glimmer, the glitter, the glisten, the glamour – carrying in its consonants the images of houses shuttering, gardens darkening, grass-lined rivers slipping through the shadows…..” –Joan Didion

♥ Paris je t’aime/Paris I Love You ♥

happy to be back on line after an involuntary absence because of Mr M trying to upgrade our computer…

Patty Szymkowicz Thyme Lady and Mr Cardinalthe word “nightmare” sums up that experience pretty well as the new set up was impossible to deal with and very frustrating…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Garden blueswe are now back where we started with a slow computer that can at least be used…

Magpie's Nest Stokesia Aster Bouquetjoining the group over at T Stands for Tuesday  after a pause on our back porch…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris cup I am also sharing two new art journal pages for the Moo Mania and More  PARIS theme…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Paris Je t'aimeI had fun filling the cup with some favorite Paris images decorating with part of a coffee stained paper doily and fabric flowers on a peeled flower napkin over old French text background (Notre Dame was from a French chocolate wrapper, the lady is from The Graphics Fairy, the image on the left is one of Da Vinci’s hand drawings)

Lavender Blue…

for years now in our Virginia garden June means it is time for the Lavender to bloom…

Magpie's Nest Lavandula x intermedia Provence it often happens around Father’s Day…Magpie's Nest Atelier de Sage hand painted dishthere is nothing quite like the soothing natural fragrance…

Magpie's Nest Lunaria Forget me not backswhich is right on time as I have been feeling a bit lost…

Magpie's Nest Kim Edwards quote trying hard not to be too discouraged with world events…

Magpie's Nest Resident Rabbitnature always provides a precious respite…

Magpie's Nest snail trailsin the early morning sun the other day I spotted these shiny silver slug trails on slates (try saying that five times quickly) near one of our bird baths… Magpie's Nest morning sunthey were only visible for a short while and I had to tilt my head a certain way and use the real camera as my cell phone would not pick them up at all…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz shades of blueI just came across the plant tag I had tucked away to help remind me of the variety of Lavender that has done so well for us for so long…

Magpie's Nest Lavender over red rock patioLavandula “Provence” (L. x intermedia) Lavandin enjoys the strong afternoon sun and very good drainage…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Lavender bluethank you for visiting… Magpie's Nest Spiderwortas always I am sending very best wishes your way…

“There is nothing but mystery in the world, how it hides behind the fabric of our poor, browbeat days, shining brightly, and we don’t even know it.”-Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

 

Saint-Émilion

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion cobblestonesSaint-Émilion is a village in the Bordeaux wine region of France (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion Arch their history goes back to prehistoric times…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion garden and wisteriathere were wonderful photo opportunities at every turn…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz welcome to Saint EmilionI could snap photos of windows… doors and arches all day long…

Magpie's Nest Saint Emilion Church yardthe Gothic Collegiate Church Cloister built between the 13th and 14th centuries contrasted beautifully with a more modern art installation there…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Art installation Collegiate Cloisterwish we knew more about that…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz speak english with french accentthis sign made us giggle with its great sense of humor (many Europeans speak two and three languages at least)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion up highI created another spread in my French Travel Journal printing some of my artwork onto a used and flattened teabag (more about the process here)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz St Emilion beginning pgsusing one of my hand carved stamps on tissue paper and my arch photograph on the left hand page…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Saint Emilion Bordeaux Francethe peeled wisteria napkin pieces attached with glue stick were the final touches for my spread …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz abandoned convent grapevinesthis is my tenth entry for AJJ’s JOURNEYS challenge… 

Magpie's Nest St Emilion hillside~♥~ thank you for your visit ~♥~

save the bees…

Magpie's Nest Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotelwe had occasion to speak to French bee keepers in the lobby of our hotel in Paris…Magpie's Nest Attention Abeilles Paris

their education booth was a nice surprise and we learned that city bees are doing better than country bees these days…

Magpie's Nest Queen Beefor over 15 years Paris has officially been a pesticide-free zone which aids breeding in addition to the warmth of the city environment…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Up on Arc de Triomphewe enjoyed the views of Paris after walking up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe (you can see the people along the top…we could feel the wind vibration in some of those security spikes)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Green Paris Rooftops(some lovely Paris rooftop gardens with a new one going in on the bottom left)

I am joining Erika’s JOURNEYS challenge over at Art Journal Journey with this spread in my French Travel Journal…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz French Bee Journal Pages“Stop using chemicals in your garden.  In the US more chemical tonnage is used on lawns and golf courses than on crops.  Even people with apartments routinely use pesticides on their window boxes, killing every butterfly that visits.”  –Mark Daniels, Director The Strange Disappearance Of The Bees


Giverny in April…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Giverny Reflectionsgetting to visit Monet’s Garden was one of the reasons we decided on Trafalgar’s BEST OF FRANCE tour (we can not speak highly enough of our brilliant tour director Krista Taylor and great coach driver Francis and thank them so very much for a memorable journey through France)…

Magpie's Nest Magpie's in Monet's Gardenwe visited on a Wednesday and there were quite a few people there…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Monet's Housesuch a beautiful place both inside and out…

Magpie's Nest Monet's Dining Roomwe can only imagine how crowded the gardens would be later in the season with the parade of flowers that never ends…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz in Monet's Gardenstanding on the Japanese bridge even without water lilies blooming was a dream come true (I wanted to bring my paper parasol but it didn’t fit in the suitcase so my fold up Monet’s Garden umbrella had to do)…Magpie's Nest Room with a viewwe lingered a little longer and then had a bite of lunch in the village under a bright red sunbrella where we also visited a cute boutique for some cards and a slice of berry tarte…

Magpie's Nest Giverny Tea Room La Capucinewe were delighted by the precious rabbit hopping freely around the garden…

Magpie's Nest Giverny Monet Quoteleaving the village of Giverny and walking back to our coach I spotted a great bird refuge sign that inspired me to create a page in my French Travel Journey linking it to Art Journal Journey for their JOURNEYS themeMagpie's Nest Giverny beginning pagesErika couldn’t have picked a more inspiring theme this month as it has really helped me keep busy working in my travel journal trying to preserve some memoriesMagpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Bird Refuge Giverny(French text, heavy gesso, pan pastels, French bird refuge sign photo, used tea bag, pressed Virginia flowers)

Roses in November…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Fair Lakes Fairfax VANovember thus far has been full of surprises as we have had several frosts along with some warm and humid weather days…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Nov blooms

having flowers still blooming in our garden this time of year is a treat…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz roses in November

 these sweet pink roses always make us a bit sentimental

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz autumn leaves

the leaves are falling fast and soon only the bones of the garden will be visible until springtime rolls around again…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz changing seasons

I do enjoy the rhythm of the seasons…

Magpie's Nest Chair on back porch

here’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz ice on birdbath

“In November, the earth is growing quiet.  It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures.  The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets.” -Cynthia Rylant