This plein air painting done in my garden depicts flowers that have been passed down in the family and makes them even more treasured. As spring moves into summer each flower has its time which always seems too short so painting them outdoors is a way for me to be with them in the moment and challenge myself to paint them as well. As usual I do a series of the subject before moving on.
This plein air was a farewell to the flowers for another year as they come to an end. I have been thinking of Cezanne who was a dedicated outdoor painter all of his life and he is quoted as saying that Art is a harmony that runs parallel to nature. What an inspiration.
This was a beautiful clear fall day and we spent the morning wondering in the horse barns and through the field as the draft horses were prepared for show. A few older guys did the same observing and offering a little conversation and obviously had years of experience in their day. I love how these huge impressive horses are often handled expertly by the knowing hands of women. When the morning light is added to the mix it can inspire a painting.
I cant resist the blossoms in spring after a long winter, these are from a tree in our yard and I was challenged to find such an interesting colour, not pink but with some orange and peach ... apricot.
This little 9.5 x 9 inch painting was one of those end of the day paintings when I get a small canvas to experiment with new colour or other ways of applying paint. I was happy with the results and this one became the start of a new series. Available $650