I’ve been taking a break from here lately, as other projects have pulled me away. The original purpose of this website was to discuss works of art that are influenced by nature, in all media. But it takes a lot of time to properly research and write about each topic.
Over the past five years, I have seen a huge increase in books and media about nature, so there is obviously an interest among both creators and consumers. But we (as a society) still seem to hold nature at a distance, as something to visit and appreciate in very controlled situations, while we continue our lives set apart. We like nature, but we aren’t necessarily close to nature. That’s something I hope this blog can help remedy, by showing how art can bring us closer to nature.
I hope to wrote here more frequently in the future, as I think there is a lot to discuss. For now, I will leave you with the magical winter paintings of Belgian artist Valerius de Saedeleer (1867-1941.) There is a cold stillness to his work, but also a warmth. Nature is frozen but alive, asleep but awake. His compositions are striking in their stark angles, their mix of large empty spaces and crowded detail.
The Untended Garden has been truly untended lately. I’ve been focusing on other writing projects this year, and it’s been hard to find time for this blog. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been plenty of nature-inspired books, art, music, films, and other media to talk about. In fact there’s almost too much. And the internet does a great job at letting us share these amazing things. It makes me wonder about the direction of this blog, and where I want to take it.
Eventually I will come back to it regularly, but for now, here are a few recent nature photos of my own. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the small moments in nature, and how they often seem to encompass the entirety of the natural world in their own way. The smallest flea struggles to survive, just like a bird, or a lion, or a whale, and they all play their own part in the giant tapestry of the natural world. I also think that the more we understand the natural world around us, the better we can understand ourselves..