Maggie Louden is an artist living in Seattle, W.A. She enjoys painting and drawing, as well as writing and photography. Some of her offerings can be found on her blog, Folkloric, and prints of her work are available in her Etsy shop, Fiction. When not busy with one of these creative endeavors, she can often be found making something delicious in the kitchen or curled up, drinking tea and devouring good books.
Anyone who knows me or visits my blog can probably tell that the natural world is one of my biggest inspirations. Pinecones picked up on hikes in the woods perch on my mantle and desk, river rocks hum with the echoes of summertime camping trips on my windowsills, and plants twine wildly on almost every table and bookshelf in my apartment. Finding ways to bring bits of nature inside, both at home and at the office, is important for me to stay feeling grounded and alive in a busy, stressful world. But what about my walls? I always need some inspiration there, too. So it’s no surprise that a theme emerged while compiling some of my favorite photographs, prints, and paintings for this post: art inspired by nature.
[Clockwise from top left: “Ghost Horses” by Beccastadtlander; “Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland” by Sarajachor; “Ivy, Slovakia” by Siobhanphotography; “Autumn Chills III Etching” by Flerurografie; “Fell Tree” by Bawkbawk; “Forest Animals Papercut Print” by Thetimeisnow]
I love the darkness and muted colors of these pieces. Nature is mysterious and private, and it reminds me of the Pacific Northwest, where I live.
[Clockwise from top left: “Untitled 2” by Pistolespress; “Watercolor Card Set – Cosmos” by Tinyhappy; “Blue Garden – Original Paintings on Reclaimed Wood” by Ohchalet; “Leaves 2” by Lynann; “New Growth Limited Edition Print” by Groundwork; “Dettifoss” by Lynann]
Graphic and illustrative, abstract and scenic — there are so many ways to represent views of woods, mountains, rivers and meadows. Each of these works brings a different perspective to the idea of “the landscape.”
[Clockwise from top left: “To The Sea Print” by Grainandsilk; “Feather and Fern Letterpress Card” by Pearlmarmalade; Wildflowers Print by Calamaristudio; “Woodland Print” by Watersounds; “1899 Ferns Antique Chromolithograph” by Cabinetoftreasures]
Vast panoramas are impressive, but sometimes I think I like the smaller scenes in nature the best — the purple ridges in a sand dune by the beach, or the delicate curve of individual fern fronds and wildflowers.
[Clockwise from top left: “Pond Print” by Bawkbawk; “White Fog Polaroid Photograph” by Violetjulia; “Unplug Notecard” by Drkennedyjones; “Fog 2 Print” by Fieldguided; “Winter Tree Linocut Print” by Peaseblossomstudio]
“Unplug & Go Outside.” I have this card hanging at work to offer its good reminder when I get too caught up in things. Who wouldn’t want to head out and explore these dreamy, magical scenes?