Garden Thyme is located in a small Historical Swedish Colony in Bishop Hill Illinois. There my son Alex and I create in our Studio Art Gallery. What we create depends on the time of year. I have two passions one is gardening and the other is art. So in the spring you will find me in the garden and making fairy gardens. Throughout the season I grow produce for a farm stand. Then near the end of summer I love painting outside around this beautiful town. I plan workshops and teach others about my passion. I also have a deep love for Mother Earth and plan on doing my share to help save our planet. Planting and propogating, creating art from natural and pre-loved materials. Alex is my own personal sidekick. He is a wonderful artist creating through the eyes of a kind soul. He is less interested in the garden but likes to eat the colorful healthy produce. He brings interest and love to our studio. He is an awesome person with autism and loves speaking to customers about anime.
I was playing with drawing and paints. Quick unintentionally lines became this painting. I worked two canvases at a time, both with the same colors and line style. Expressive sunflower image with a bit of my human biology interest.
Click above to see a short YouTube video showing what others have created during our Fairy Garden Workshops in the past. All of the materials are provided to make these enchanting gardens. This year we will be having a special Tea Party.
Saturday May 29th at 10 am
Come plant an enchanted garden for the wee faerie folk! This is a wonderful Mother’s Day gift or better yet, bring your mom and make one together.
Cost is $40 per garden. The class is limited and advanced registration is required.
2021 Fairy Garden Registration
Come create a beautiful fairy garden at Garden Thyme with artist Katrina Morrison. All materials are provided plants, hand painted gourd fairy house and sweet little accessories. Also tea and delicious cupcakes from “Oh Sugar Bakery”
I am waiting patiently to get into my garden. Starting seeds inside in a sunny south facing window.
I am so happy to see all the beautiful birds returning to Bishop Hill. After a long winter it is the first sign that spring will return and Mother Nature is working as she should.
The Thrush loves to eat the slugs in our garden
Ok for my challenge, much of today’s plastic is not reusable it is flimsy. I remember in the 1990’s when they changed the plastic. It broke while we were carrying the flats from one greenhouse to another. The flats were so thin they would give us horrible paper cuts, ouch. We started to horde our old flats like gold. And cleaned them each year with a mild bleach to kill fungus and bacteria. (Now I don’t use bleach for anything) So back to my challenge, I have been saving any container that will hold soil. Big, small, with drainage holes, without holes to plant into. I am starting my seeds into them and then transplanting them into compostable paper cups. So far so good. I want to invite others to Garden Thyme on April 13th to learn about starting seeds. I would also like to have a seed swap that day as well. I have become a garden teacher through a program called Green Thumb. It is practicing permaculture gardening, it is full of information and hands-on workshops that I feel very comfortable teaching. (I have been teaching workshops for many years as a Master Gardener) but the Green Thumb program is more structured, hands-on, and fun. This spring I am very excited about learning and teaching permaculture gardening in Bishop Hill
April 13th, 2019
Seed Starting Workshop and Seed Swap
Bring any seeds you would like to Swap(labeled please) I will be giving a short seed starting informative talk followed by a Swap. Come join the fun! Everyone will leave with a tomatoe seed planted in a composible pot. Begins at 1pm. Call Katrina (309)373-5314 if you any questions.
Garden Thyme is preparing for change and a NEW focus. I want to sell items that improve lives and helps Mother Earth as well.
Dried Vegetables and fruits
Farm fresh vegetables
I want as much earth friendly products as possible. Garden Thyme will provide more handmade useful items and artwork made of recycled matierals.
I have spent much of the winter studing the Principles of Permaculture, not only is it a gardening technique but a way of life. My husband and I moved to Bishop Hill to make a change in our life. We love our new place in this world and want to share all that is great about Bishop Hill.
I have been repeatedly been spoken to by the Universe and it keeps saying the word “Change”.
Change is coming. I can feel it. Seasons are changing. Life is changing.
The world is changing. I think we have been forced to open our eyes. Wake up and deal with our biggest and toughest problems.
This time of year is hard for me. The loss of my only sibling and my best friend came while the leaves were falling. Those events changed me.
Now I am facing a change in my location. Moving is change. Hopes and dreams are being realized. As well as work, the hard work of letting go of many things decluttering, to change our life.
The world is changing. Over the past 15 years hate has crept back into our society. Greed and Power have turned our civilization into a divided nation.
We have enjoyed the peace and forgotten our history. We remember the nice history bits, not the not so nice truths. Like Wounded Knee, where our ancestors tried to destroy a group of people, probably because of money and hate in thier hearts, with guns.
Guns have Changed as well. What my dad used to feed our family when he had no work, is now just a toy. Replaced by machines that once were only aloud by the military. I remember seeing a photograph of an automatic weapon used by a Vietnam veteran. He came to our class. The young boys would want to play with these guns. So they had to sign up for basic training, become men and bravely protect our country.
My artwork is changing. My artwork is me. I look at the world around me and choose what inspires me.
The season, life, the world, my art and I are in a transition. Some changes we can not control. Others we can control. I can not control the seasons, but I can control most things in my life. I am struggling with our ability to change the world. I want a world of love not hate.
Fear of change. I think at this point I am more afraid of not changing. It is going to be very hard and it is going to be scary, yet I don’t think we have a choice. Everything must change, evolve.
Today I use black in my painting, not to make it darker, but to enhance and make the colors brighter.
So my artwork will change with me. I want to plant the seeds of change.
Although beware of an artist who decides to make a change.
Sometimes you just need to stop thinking and make art.I was cleaning my studio and found some old gouache paints, and spontaneously started painting.I decided to not care what anyone thought about my art.I don’t show my emotions much, but this week I needed to get them outside my body.Playing with negitive space, I wish I could get lost in it.Usually I try to make my paintings pretty, this one is not.I am thinking very much about the earth and hoping we can repair the damage.The water…I need more intense color. The earth needs intensive care.I am in a mood today, not sure thier is a word to define it. Change is coming and I can feel it. It feels like the calm before a storm.Im not the best artist, but I need to make art. Time disappears when I paint.Roots… grounding to the earth. Attaching us to earth. Strength. The roots remind me of the synapses in the brain. Interesting.Plants and humans have always been part of my art, reoccurring theme. Some people are animal people, not me I am a plant person.”I just let the ideas wash over me”-Colette O’BrianBreatheLife, when I think of life I automatically think of my boys first, then my heart.When painting with your intuition you have to feel when to leave things be. Let go of control. This is not my strong point.Midnight sky with silver jewels.Trees remind me to beathe. They give us air to breath, as well as being breathtakingly beautiful.I am painting this for me, to keep me breathing.I am aging, my eyes are starting to get blurry and my fingers hurt sometimes. My artwork will probably change, but I will work until I can not breath.Will anyone like my work of art? This question I believe is in the heart of every artist. It is like a high and a low. I question if this is the cause of many artist emotional problems. It plagues me. I think it is from a deep feeling, that I care too much. Care too much about everything.Bending in the wind, trees become stronger.Standing strait is a sign of strength, I think of military. What an illusion. Bending, being flexible to the change around you, is so much stronger.Plant trees…I hear so many people make the excuse, “it takes to long to get any shade”. Stop! We should plant trees for our children. We need to clean up this mess of a world for our children. Stop thinking about ourselves and care about our children. Now and for the future.I can’t watch the news. I care too much. It physically hurt me to see the world news.Painting negitive space again how ironic. There must be dark with light. So we notice everything. My paintings usually do not have dark. I paint for my soul. I want to throw away the dark. I think I read somewhere that Renoir and I think Cezanne did just that.Balance…I am working on balancing the painting. Balancing life is hard.Next I paint the sun. Light is the opposite of dark. We need light to live. We need dark to rest.Plants use the sunlight for energy.I love plants. They heal me. They make my heart beat.My signature is in my heart. Literally. My original print, only I can make it. I care too much.Trust your intuition.
Garden Thyme is a gallery/studio that is located in the most beautiful historic place in Illinois named Bishop Hill. As an artist I have been drawn to this peaceful village founded by Swedish Immigrants. (I don’t believe I am a Swedish, but I would love to be) I feel like this is where I am supposed to be. It is so inspiring, peaceful and calm on most days. Then on other days the village is filled with people during traditional events planned by volunteers, many of them descendants of the original Swedish immigrants.
So I am a tranplant. I opened Garden Thyme in August 1, 2015 to show my artwork and to give my son and I a place to make art together. My son Alex has autism, and although I spent 4 years in college and many more working on my art. He was a better artist at 5 years old. He is now 18 and graduated from high school. Since the state of Illinois has no services for him I am making our little studio/gallery his place to work and meet people.
Soon we will live and work in Bishop Hill and I can’t wait for the future.