Garden Watercolor 8/6
About the Watercolors: This was started to create a 30 day challenge for myself during a month when both of my kids were at camp, and one of them was at sleep away camp. I'm an avid, but fumbling gardener, and decided that this was a great subject to extend my plein air painting interest, tie in my watercolor discipline, establish some mindfulness through my art and get an opportunity to experience my garden beyond tending it. Over the course of 49 days, I completed 30 watercolors featuring various aspects of my backyard garden in West Orange, NJ. I watched the garden change from it's July glory to its mid-August state of mostly spent flowers and yellowing leaves. Seeing the watercolors now, I can observe a shift from pure observation to invention. Three of the paintings have been taken as of publishing this - I hope in the 27 left, you will find one or more that speak to you.
“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”
5.5" x 3.5" (Framed 13.5" x 10.5")
Watercolor on Extra Heavyweight Cold Press Stillman & Birn Paper
solid hardwood, cherry stained moulding, archival float mounted on concrete mat
1" wide, 1 5/8" deep moulding
1/8" UV plexiglass