There’s so much in a garden to paint – long views and closeups, flowers and garden accoutrements, seasonal changes or a single season, a garden corner or an entire garden – all make for great subject matter!
I’m in Ontario to teach at the ICAN Pastel Conference in Aurora during the week. Happily the plan is to spend both weekends with my sister and her family. Last weekend at her place, I found some quiet time to pastel en plein air. It’s been awhile since I’ve painted on location – Mexico in February was the last time – so this was such a pleasure. Hot weather standing in the shade painting. What could be nicer?
Check out the progression below!
It’s funny, I was attracted to this scene because of the irises yet, semi-unconciously I think, I was also drawn to the design and character of the garden tools and they ended up taking a prominent position in this painting. It just shows how things can shift. It’s important to know what attracted you to a scene; it helps you see if your painting is successful. And yet there can be some flexibility in your idea. Ultimately this painting is about a garden corner and what being a gardener is all about.
Was this helpful? Do you like painting scenes from a garden corner? Do let me know. I LOVE to hear from you!!!
Until next time,
PS. Speaking of the pastel conference, I taught a wonderful first workshop which was all about using a limited palette (no kidding!). Participants seems to have fun AND learn something. That’s the biggest reward a teacher can have! I’ll post photos over on Facebook.
PPS. My nephew Andrew, cat Jack and dog Violet kept me company 🙂