Garden Colours:‘Rose hips and blue’
This painting was a surprise. What I mean is that I'd arrived, and settled to another painting which had gone very well.
I'd tackled a busy subject which I'd thought might be a bit ambitious. It took a while to do as a result.
So when I'd finished it, I had the problem of what to paint next in the time I had left that day, before the gardens closed.
Keen to make the most of the petrol and other expenses involved in all Plein‑air trips, I comtemplated where I should move my kit to. I was concerned about how long it would take me to settle again.
Low and behold, I turned around, and there it was! The next painting had been behind me all the time.
original plein‑air painting
- Artwork Size: 25.4 x 30.5 cm (10 x 12 ins)
- Medium: oil
- Ground: canvas panel
The beautiful Rosa Glauca shrub with lovely blue almost fern-like leaves, and bedecked with deep red rose hips, looked stunning against the dark background.
This garden painting is definitely a candidate for a larger studio painting.
Gardens are always a draw for me. I grew up with a gardening mother, so the fascination was planted (pun intended) at a young age.
It would be very easy for me to replace my landscape art collection with garden art instead. My oeuvre will develop no doubt, and there may well be a battle between the two types of art. It doesn't really matter which one wins as far as I'm concerned.