Saturday, August 30, 2008

Simplifying the Garden

The other week, while teaching my workshop in St Andrews-by-the-Sea (NB), we had the opportunity to paint in Kingsbrae Gardens. A garden, jam-packed with floral delights, may be a great place to walk, but it can be a very tough place to paint in! The gardens were quite overwhelming. For this painting of a Japanese maple, I opted to simplify everything - even so far as editing out the surrounding flowers. I focussed on the maple's deep shadows and the warm light shining through the leaves and the cooler sky light bouncing off them.


"Japanese Maple Shadows"
5x7, oil, en plein air
SOLD

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