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

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