Sunday, 29 May 2016

Spring painting, garden inspiration and some sketching.

To plant a garden is to have an endless source of inspiration, when you like to paint.
I have been busy creating both a front and a back garden here in my new Scottish home. I have not been so busy, that I haven't had time to paint.
Once the work is done and the plants are growing, I take some time to sketch and to paint. This way, not only do I work in my garden, but I take some time to enjoy it also. Physical work is good, as is feeding the soul. Gardens and painting do both for me.

The painting is from my front garden - and I call it "Spring"





and the sketches come from my back garden, which is still being created. You can follow that progress, if you'd like to see it, HERE

Sketch one is a metal trellis of leaf and birds and two was the beginning of a trollius (globeflower) . That will have to be finished another day, because the sun was so hot, the paint dried before I could complete my wet-in-wet washes!
Both will eventually become fully worked up paintings - these quick sketches are pleasurable to do and help me decide if I want to go further with them. 
Saunders Waterford paper was used throughout. I like my sketch paper to be the same as my painting paper - and Saunders suits me down to the ground!


Until the next time, happy painting, happy sketching, happy gardening!

18 comments:

  1. How lovely. Nice to be able to bring your garden to life and then capture it in your paintings to enjoy long after the blooms have passed

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    1. Thanks, Ann. It is one of the joys of painting, to keep those memories fresh.

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  2. Your garden plan is interesting. Once the plants grow in the arrangement might change as you discover new plants. Lovely paintings.

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    1. I already have gone a little off plan, as I bought some shrubby lilacs and some spiraea, but then, the plan only showed what I'd already bought ;-)

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  3. They are all lovely paintings Pat, even if the paint dried too quickly. I get that too sometimes, but that's the fun of painting, it's all a journey. I'm going to pop over to your other blog link :-)

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    1. Thanks Ann. Oh yes, painting is a journey - and a delightful one at that. Much like a garden.

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  4. Loved reading about your thoughts on your lovely sketches Pat. Envious that you live in Scotland now. It's a favourite of mine.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Laura. Scotland is really quite beautiful - and so much going on, it's difficult to be indoors sometimes!

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  5. I really like that trellis, and the yellow blossom is delightful!

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    1. Thanks, Linda, we painted that from the standard pine colour with a green stain. I much prefer it. The yellow globeflower is a favourite perennial of mine.

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  6. Beautiful, Pat. I really appreciate and admire your talent.

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    1. Thanks, Linda - that's very kind of you to say so.

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  7. Lovely garden impression! I love how your garden is coming along!

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    1. Thanks, Judy. I'm happy with it too :-)

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  8. Dear Pat I can certainly see how these two loves go hand in hand. Now I will hop over to visit your other blog. Have a super week. Hugs!

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    1. They do, Deborah. Hand in hand, happily. Hope you have a great week too.

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