Monday, January 24, 2011

Art is back in season

Finally, indoor plein air season! I have been going to the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens in the winter to paint over the past five years.

Everything changes quickly there, and seasonal displays of flowers add to the riot of color on the permanent plants. Amaryllis will be lining the walks soon.

Choosing to sit with my canvas on the same bench weekly would still result in very different paintings every time. This lemon tree has been my subject at least four other times, deep green fruit hides under big leathery leaves and tangled branches until subtle color changes to lighter green. The little white flower buds have a wonderful sweet scent.

Lemon Hide, pastel 12.5x9.5 2011