An artist in one of the groups I post in said she could feel the “absolute joy” in this painting. Yes, the exuberance of nature on a beautiful summer day, and my joy at even just a little bit of life and color to be inspired by in the year I didn’t have a garden.
I always have a few pots of herbs on the deck and a few pots of geraniums on the steps. I’ve always had a big garden but for two years after trees fell I did not, and those herbs and geraniums were all I had. But when I looked out the back door, the bright red and pink, the bright light green parsley alight with mid-day sunlight in the blue Chinese pot, and the trees out at the end of the yard were more welcome than I’d ever imagined. I smiled when I looked at the scene wanting to remember it. The bright colors and complex greens also made me want to paint it.
When I painted this I was working on my “spatters”— I decided this would be a good painting to see what spattering with various brushes with paint and water could to with the background. I think they worked pretty well here. I also piled paint up in the upper left where it’s dark, and let it spill and move over the paper, then let it dry to form the leaves in the trees. I like it.
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