Coming up next month at the James Street Bookseller and Gallery: Carol R. Basciano Solo Exhibition – Carol’s Flower Garden

Artist Bio:

Although Carol has degrees in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, for 36 years she has pursued her love of watercolour painting, taking numerous traditional art courses; notably at Fanshawe College with Marion Drysdale, Lambton College with Gary Nixon, Blue Mountain School of Art with Pauline Holancin, as well as several private watercolour and journaling workshops with mentor Margaret Hoybach of South Carolina, USA. Carol paints various subject matter; including: florals, landscapes, animals and portraits; in situ and from travel experiences. Her artwork is privately acquired by collectors in North America, South America and Europe.
This collection of original impressionistic watercolours features a variety of garden flowers grown at homes Carol owned in Greensboro NC, Hillsville VA, Ocala FL and Strathroy ON. Garden designer Elizabeth Murray wrote: “gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as the paint and the soil and sky as the canvas – working with nature provides the technique. A successful garden is the highest form of art utilizing all the senses while orchestrating plants in various color combinations, shape, height and texture in a design to convey a mood or feeling”. With that, the flower compositions in this grouping were created with the desire to experience the natural beauty of garden art – indoors, all year round. Hope you enjoy viewing these original works as much as Carol enjoyed capturing them in paint.image

“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.” Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live. If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide. I have an idea that a lot of farmers have gone to a lot of trouble merely to be self-employed to live at least a part of their lives without a boss.” ― Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food

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Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed; But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st, Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade, When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st. So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

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“I mean,” said my Uncle Peter, in that deliberate manner which lends a flavour of deep wisdom to the most obvious remarks, “I mean that every man owes it to himself to have some days in his life when he escapes from bondage, gets away from routine, and does something which seems to have no purpose in the world, just because he wants to do it.”

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