Yes, we are here!

At MOTHER EARTH GARDENER and MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we have been educating folks about the benefits of self-reliance for 50 years. That includes researching and sourcing the best books and products to help individuals master the skills they need in times like these and beyond. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-800-456-5835 or by email. Stay safe!


Painting, Planning, and the Process

Group editor, Jean Denney, discusses her plans for getting through the winter and finding inspiration for a spring garden.

By Jean Denney
Winter 2018

I’m a plein air painter, which means I paint outdoors, directly in nature. Painting this way means I have to work quickly because light often changes faster than I can set up my paper and palette. It’s frustrating and rewarding. When the landscape proves too challenging, I’ll turn my attention to minutia; a sprig of something close at hand or a small clump of wildflowers.

Watercolor painting in nature, like gardening, requires patience and planning, but at its most successful, it requires flexibility. Both processes can be a bit counterintuitive. Painting requires that you think ahead, leaving space for light colors and highlights – the touches that make objects take on three dimensions. Once you add a dark, it’s difficult to remove it. It’s a process of add and subtract, plan and improvise, make and unmake. For me, it’s just like garden planning and growing.

van-gogh
Irises by Vincent Van Gogh.



Why do this when I could just as easily capture the beauty that surrounds me with a camera, especially when so many fantastic images have already been rendered—particularly botanical illustrations? I’m in it for the process, the experiment, the excitement. Failures can produce our best work, and while I can be disappointed if I’ve ruined a perfectly good pack of seeds, I know I’ve learned something invaluable for my next attempt.




Become a Preferred Subscriber and start enjoying the benefits today!

Fall in love with the flavor, versatility, and beauty of Mother Earth Gardener

Mother Earth GardenerDelight your taste buds, mind and eyes with beautiful photos and inspirational techniques on everything you need to know to grow, preserve and cook your own heirloom fruits and vegetables. You won’t want to miss the stories about plants passed down from generation to generation.

Don’t miss a single issue of Mother Earth Gardener. Published by the editors of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Mother Earth Gardener provides decades of organic gardening experience from the most trusted voices in the field. Join today and save off the newsstand price! Get one year (4 issues) for only $24.95! (USA only)




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube


click me