• Jennifer Dowd

Garden Art and Visitors

I’m not much of a gardener, but the COVID pandemic has given me time to develop my green thumb and find my artistic abilities.

You wouldn’t know it by looking at these pictures, but this area was desolate and void of any foliage. Over the past year, I’ve worked to turn it into a mini urban oasis, my little sanctuary during anxiety and stressful times.

I get all sorts of wildlife visitors. Sparrows, starlings, owls, a resident squirrel and a tri of raccoons, but Henry the Hawk (I named him myself. Suits him, right?) is by far my favourite. He comes occasionally, to check on my progress and hang out. He sits silently on the fence, surveying his world and makes sure I don’t do anything negative to it.

On the creativity side, over the Christmas holidays, I needed something to do while stuck indoors so I decided to create Garden Houses. Not sure why I chose these as my creative endeavor, probably because I saw something similar on Pinterest. Instead of just doing one and seeing how it would work out, I decided to do four simultaneously. I like living on the wild side! Hah!

From the start, these houses were an experiment and a way for me to meditate. I love meditation (great health benefits); however, I am unbelievably bad at it. My mind has a mind of its own and doesn’t like to be quiet, but when I use my creativity, I zone out, and my mind is happy.

The other project I decided to tackle was a flower mural. I had seen them all over the internet and I wanted to give it a shot. I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. I had never done anything like this before but then I was kindly reminded by a friend, even if you don’t think you can do it, push pass your doubt and free and do it anyways! The results of that push is below.

One of my favourite quotes about creativity is “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking the rules, making mistakes and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook.

I encourage everyone to create something. Creativity feeds the soul. Whether it’s cultivating and creating a garden sanctuary or an art project you’ve wanted to start, I encourage you to CREATE! Your soul with thank you for it.

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