The Nature Paintings of Diane Harm News The latest news from The Nature Paintings of Diane Harm. en-us Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:29:44 CST Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:29:44 CST A Paintings Story <div>Welcome!&nbsp; </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Blogging is a new venture for me and an opportunity to share what I find so fascinating in the world of art. My weekly posts will tell about my art, art of fellow artists and some thoughts on the art world in general. Sometimes I will share a newly completed painting or a work in progress. To me, it is all about 'the story'.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Story&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>When I first started painting botanicals, my goal was to depict the plant in detail, showing all the little nuances that made one plant different from another.&nbsp; I picked plants that I loved and wanted to share their beauty with others by making a painting. But as I progressed in skill, I began to understand that a painting must be more that a portrait of a plant, a pollinator or a bird; it must tell a story, evoke a memory or an emotion.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>My Story</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>My grandfather was a great gardener.&nbsp; He was a retired fruit farmer who moved to town and had a garden of wonderful roses.&nbsp; His real love was to share his flowers with friends and family. Sometimes, if a passing stranger admired his garden, they would get a tour and, much to my grandmother's chagrin, they would leave with a big bouquet. My paintings became my grandfather's story, a sharing of beauty.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>When I had my own garden, I came to love all the wildlife that was a part of the garden.</div><div>Butterflies, birds, toads and insects all made the garden come alive. So I began including more of these creatures in my paintings.&nbsp; Over time the stories have become more elaborate but the goal is the same, to tell a story, or evoke a memory or emotion in the viewer.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As I post my paintings, I will include my stories but hope you the viewer will add your own stories.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 06:18:18 CDT The Story Behind the Grotto Painting <div><img width="509" height="679" alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/7802/grotto_painting_from_Kem.jpg" border="0" /></div><div>As a Montgomery County Master Gardener and a Certified Botanical Artist, Diane saw an opportunity to volunteer her skills and passions to honor the sacrifices of our Civil War Heroes, past war veterans and the current selfless protectors of our freedom.&nbsp; All proceeds from the sale of prints, posters and note cards of "The Grotto" go to the restoration and maintenance of the gardens.<br /><br />The Grotto gardens are a historic jewel begun by Civil War veterans living at the "Soldiers Home" now the Dayton VA Medical Center. The gardens became a destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors annually in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Over the past several decades, they became lost and overgrown.&nbsp; In 2013 the Montgomery County Master Gardener volunteers, in partnership with the American Veterans Heritage Center and the Veterans Administrations, began the restoration of the gardens and they are gradually coming to life.<br /><br />A memorial tree program and the generosity of individuals, organizations and garden centers provided the funds to restore the various gardens in the painting.&nbsp; Since the dedication program of the memorial trees and the gardens in the summer of&nbsp; 2014, interest in the gardens has blossomed.&nbsp; Several new gardens were created in 2015 and more are each year since..<br /><br />The addition of a fountain in the lake shown in the lower left hand corner of the painting replicates the fountain that was in the original gardens.&nbsp; The fountain was installed in April 2015 and was funded by the generous donations of several individuals and organizations.&nbsp; The fountain dedication at the Grotto on June 17, 2016. was open to the public.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;A very important addition to the gardens in 2016 was the ramp making the gardens accessible to veterans in the nearby hospice and nursing home and to visitors who found the steep steps into gardens challenging. The generous grants from Home Depot made the ramps possible.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>2017 is bringing even more improvement; a second fountain in the lower pond again funded by many generous donors and lighting throughout the gardens made possible by a grant from Home Depot.</div><div><br />Donations: <a href="">American Veterans Heritage Center</a> P.O. Box Fairborn, Ohio (Please designate "Grotto Project") AVHC is a tax deductible 501 (C) (3) non-profit Charitable<br /><br />To volunteer, request a speaker or tour, contact us at:<br /><br /><strong></strong><br /><br />To see more about the Grotto or to buy Grotto Art visit us at:<br /><br /><a href=""></a><br /><br /><a href=""></a> </div> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:49:50 CDT