The Torii Gate was a well-known landmark that marked an entrance to the Japanese part of Green Gardens. This captures the spirit of late spring when color is all aglow. It is the fourth in a series of six paintings “The Garden Suite” that were painted in tribute to her mother’s horticultural masterpiece in Weatherford, Texas. The later years of her youth were spent there, after which her mother carried on for another thirty years with her innovative work in zero scaping. In those years, this approach to gardening was primarily used by conservationist. For her it was a combination of Zen and Victorian naturalized gardening. This environment holds rich inspiration for the artist because of the emotional layers of past experience and the artistry of nature.
The painting’s execution and color is meticulous, and the style is the kind of scintillating life celebration we associate with an environment that has been savored to its last detail. The panorama is more that of rich perception than broad vistas.
The Garden Suite continues Glenda’s exploration of how we see, and all the factors of vision trace to much more than meets the eye. Although each of these paintings seems to be the result of natural perception and careful rendition, none of them would be possible without conscious and deliberate integration from a consciousness that knows how we see and where “seeing” comes from. Even though this painting has a shallow field of depth, it is built around 5 different perspective angles, which emulates the spectrum of multi-peripheral vision. What this accomplishes, is that it stimulates the mind into admitting its active and major role in orchestrating all our perceptions.
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