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Lynne Roebuck (Handwritten)

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.