Garden Angel

August 11, 2014
Garden Angel; Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Garden Angel; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

The remains of a fallen Crab-apple tree, a vibrant garden and a statue. Great inspiration.

Last summer began the task of taking down an old Crab-apple tree. I did it myself without experiencing any embarrassing events (you know, the types that end up on those funniest video shows). While we dearly missed the beauty and essence of the spring blossoms, the benefit has been a resurgence of flowers in the adjoining bed.

I had been admiring the display of Impatiens at the base of the stump and realized that I better capture this on canvas before the flowers grew too tall. I started working on this in mid-morning, hoping to capture the light on the statue and flowers. Got hung up with the initial drawing/block-in of the statue and then had trouble getting the flower blossoms. Near noon, I realized that it would be best to scrub out the flowers, re-think my strategy and aim to finish the next day.

The delay worked well. I started the next morning with a clear idea of how to execute the painting of the flowers and was able to complete the area enough so that as the sunlight poured over the statue and flowers, I was ready to quickly capture the effect on the canvas.

Within a week, the flowers had grown enough that this design would not have worked.

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