Norm Magnusson - ' Decorating Nature'

(Zig Zag Leaves - Norm Magnusson)

Artist Norm Magnusson lives near Woodstock, New York.   Yes, that Woodstock...where I spent summers as a child with my artist must be in the water or something up there...

Magnusson (see his website, Funism) is an artist that uses all media to get his ideas across. In his 'Decorating Nature' series of art photos (giclee prints - they're for sale) Magnusson paints on or colors pieces of nature, like adding stripes to a fallen leaf, painting a pine cone blue or drawing concentric rings on a stone. He says,

(Blue Cone - Norm Magnusson)

"We use nature to how we see fit: we strive to bring order to it, we seek to explain it in a language that doesn’t belong to it, we try to make it prettier, we try to make it better, we try to make it more profitable. Some efforts succeed, some don’t." (amen to that - Jan)

(Tree Rock - Norm Magnusson)

But Magnusson also says that his art photos are all about beauty, saying,
"Beauty is the best friend of consideration."

(Eastern Hemlock - Norm Magnusson)

Some of you may want to replicate Magnusson's ideas in your garden which would be a lot of fun. And as Magnusson writes,

"Lastly and maybe most importantly, this body of work is meant to be fun.
I hope you feel I’ve succeeded."

Oh yes, Norm - You have definitely succeeded.

Go to his blog:


  1. Wow, that guy really floats my boat :D

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  3. now THIS is creative! I love the Eastern Hemlock. Thank you again, Jan sharing such inspiration.

  4. Very ingenious ... love the tree rock!


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