A garden painting in oils that's unsentimental, yet heart-warmingly modest. It captures a peaceful moment enjoying some Spring sunshine among the flowers.
Moments of simple pleasures
The weather can surprise us early in the year, can't it? The sun pushes its way past the grey clouds for an hour or two, and it's surprisingly warm enough to sit in.
This is a painting of a secret corner behind the flowering Viburnum and ornamental Gorse. It's out of the wind and away from day-to-day chores.
Many gardens have these cosy sun-traps, often flanked by large herbaceous shrubs, and they're pure heaven during the drab months.
We all love those moments of crisp sunshine pleasure, especially when they're unexpected. They're moments that inspire garden paintings!
Relaxing Spring garden
The large flowering shrubs are providing shelter, colour and scent – Gorse especially. The early flowering Viburnum positively glows in the keen Spring light.
It's far too early, and damp, to mow the grass that's grown long during the Winter. But it matters not in the scheme of life, especially when the year is starting to warm up after the cold months. It's all very relaxed before the busy Summer ahead.
Like late Autumn sunshine, early Spring warmth is pure heaven. Far too precious to spend it cutting grass!
A classic wooden dining chair sits facing South, carried from the kitchen on the spur of the moment. It's pushed cosily into the flower border where it takes advantage of the sun, the occasional early bee buzzing happily around it.
A cup and a book sit by the chair. A sketchbook or a notebook in my case, or maybe a novel. A cuppa and a book always complete the delight of a perfect moment.
- Image size: 25.4cm x 25.4cm (10" x 10"")
- Medium: oil
- Ground: canvas board
Romantic gardens aren't all curly white chairs
This garden painting, in oil, is based on a real place – its authenticity is self‑evident. I don't live there anymore, more's the pity, but it's not forgotten.
There are lots of sickly sweet romanticised garden paintings of seats among the flowers around. They all end up similar, and a bit mundane in the end (IMHO).
They never quite ring true for me, and even become a bit pretentious. They're like Instagram posts that we all know aren't real. It means I can't always imagine myself 'in the painting'.
I was inspired to do something more selective, something a bit more challenging than the cliché – as is my way.
There's a famous historic English landscape painter who painted ordinary everyday scenes. Though mundane subjects, he captured their uniquely beautiful nature.
It's a skill I admire and thought I'd have a go at developing it myself (I'm always setting myself tests – it's why I paint).
I'll probably try painting a chocolate box version one day, as an experiment. See if I can make it stand out from all the over romanticised art – I like a challenge.
The delight of garden painting
This unpretentious artwork in oils was a delight to create. But then, painting flowers couldn't be anything less.
Among my many-many lists of art to make, is one for garden paintings in oil. I should stop wandering about outside sketching really, and spend more time in the studio!
I hope you've enjoyed reading about this garden painting, inspired by a moment in the sunshine. Still and peaceful relaxation among the flowers – exactly what gardens are for, IMHO.