Art inspired by my Spring Garden
I am always inspired by the beauty of plants and flowers in my garden . This acrylic painting in the naive style is an idealized view of my allotment , just as dusk is falling . I’m having a cuppa after a hard day’s work ,watching the last rays of the sun over the pond .
However , during Lockdown this year , I , like a lot of other people, was confined to my house and our small back garden received a lot more attention than usual ! I painted this watercolour sketch (Crabapple) outside , sitting on my tiny patio in March this year. I enjoyed just being outside in my Spring garden on a fine afternoon .The tree was just beginning to show its bright green , frilly leaves .This tree provides us with enough apples to make three or four jars of Apple Jelly each year- delicious with pork chops . The sketch was completed in forty minutes urban sketching style !
I observed the Spring flowers quite closely – these were in the window box outside my living room window,. The colours of the flowers in this watercolor sketch really glowed – especially the contrast between the complimentary colours purple and yellow . Again , this was a very quick sketch , done as I stood in front of the window , looking down at the windowbox through the glass !
Straight after painting ‘Spring Flowers ‘ I felt inspired to do a mixed media abstract composition of the colours and shapes of the flowers and leaves. I layered on collage , pencil and oil pastel to create that textured effect .
And , finally, when I was working yesterday at the allotment garden , I found five minutes in a coffee break to do a quick pencil drawing of the brassica plants in front of me as I sat in the shade .Two different kinds of cabbage and a Brussel sprout plant ( the broccoli plants are not ready to go in yet )
My gardens give me endless inspiration !
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