Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day!


It's Mother's Day and Arlington Garden in Pasadena would be a lovely place to visit today.  But, we're having a heat wave in May so another day would be better to see the garden.  The last time I was at the garden was with one of the plein air paint-out groups and I'll share the two pieces I painted that day in April, as well as two fun photos.  The garden was so full of spring flowers last month that painters were there just about every day.  

I painted an 8x10" watercolor looking east across the garden.  I also brought along my gouache for a 5x7" piece.  On my previous paint-out there with my artist friend Barbara, we noticed many monarch butterflies.  I posted that painting last month in Saturday In The Park.  The monarchs are special since Barbara grows milkweed in her yard for the butterflies, and we wondered if the ones we saw might be from her garden which isn't too far away.  I saw so many monarchs flying by as I painted the pieces below that I had to include two in the gouache piece.  I hope they read as butterflies and not poppies!  
     
8x10" watercolor


5x7" gouache


A wonderful water wand fountain, or garden sculpture.  I don't know if it's functional. 
This egret didn't seem to mind artists in her garden.  She was after the many lizards there.

4 comments:

  1. Love these having more colour than in the real Sherry, like your butterflies, if viewers see them as flowers but love the painting doesn't matter

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    1. Hi Lorraine! You are always so sweet to comment. These two went well I thought.

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  2. Two lovely pieces, Sherry. To me, whether they're butterflies or poppies, they're beautiful and light.

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    1. Thank You Terry for such a nice comment!

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