You don't have to be a painter, sculptor or musician to make art. The avenues to creative expression are many and only limited by your imagination.
A good example of this would be the art of gardening. I have always appreciated the beauty and tranquility of gardens. As a boy I lived in the hills of Los Gatos, California. Through the woods, adjacent to our home there was an old green house. I don't remember who the neighbor was but the greenhouse was separate from their home. Which meant it was easy to explore without getting chased off the property by their large dog.
Inside the greenhouse myriad plants, vases, pots and gardening tools could be found. There was also an old wooden french easel and painting supplies. Everything was a bit aged and well worn, but there was a comforting presence to the old greenhouse. Just outside the greenhouse lay a large garden area with various flowers, plants and ferns. A couple of old wicker chairs sat nearby, with some empty wine bottles and partially burned candles in metal lanterns. The whole place was fun to explore as a young boy. It was probably the first time I began to appreciate the fact that gardens could be places of creative and artistic expression.
Fast forward to present day and the wonderful garden oasis my wife has created in our backyard. When we moved into our present home, the backyard had a wooden deck and unremarkable waste high retaining wall. Behind the wall were a hodgepodge of bushes and plants. I thought the area would be fine as is for entertaining friends. My wife would have none of it.
It wasn't long before she set to work transforming our backyard into an amazing garden refuge, complete with a new stone wall, wooden pergola, well thought out plants and flowers, water feature, fire table and more. Clearly I didn't have the artistic vision. And I call myself an artist!
We just celebrated the Christmas holiday and my wife salvaged a few champagne caps from the recycle bin. She enlisted my teenage son's assistance and soon they created a couple of miniature champagne cap chairs. I asked who the tiny chairs were for? My wife said, " The garden sprites, silly." A short while later my wife strolled into my studio with a beautiful plant arrangement, complete with champagne cap chairs and a mini pergola with vines. She set the display on the edge of my bookcase. Amazing.
So you see, artistic expression takes many forms. Whether a complex abstract painting, stone sculpture, pencil sketch or...champagne cap chairs in a pleasantly arranged flower pot.
I haven't encountered the garden sprites yet, sitting in their champagne cap chairs. Maybe they're busy creating their own art? Either way, that's what you need to know about champagne caps and art. Just another simple way to make the world a bit more beautiful.