Balbianello Gardens (W.I.P complete)

Well, it just hasn’t been my couple of weeks. Between family sickness, election day, and bracing for hurricane Sandy (which thankfully turned out to be the hurricane that wasn’t for us in Richmond) my daughter missed some preschool, which meant no painting or blogging for me.

Finally I am back to it, though, and happily share the completion of the Lake Como painting I blogged about in my last post:

Landscape painting of Lake Como, Italy by Jennifer Young

“View From Balbianello Gardens”
Oil on linen, 16×20″

This painting places the viewer at the edge of the gardens of the famous Villa Balbianello. A procession of Baroque statuary lines the garden’s perimeter and looks out across blue waters to the distant harbor of a neighboring village. When I returned to the easel today,  I decided something was needed in the middle distance to anchor the right side of the painting and create some balance. And so a sailboat was born.

I like this addition very much. It creates some interest for the water and pushes the distant village and mountains back through the use of overlapping form. I also felt like the line of statues led the eye to that spot, and the fact that there was nothing there troubled me. It’s funny how one little thing like that can bring a painting to a satisfying resolution.

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2 Responses to Balbianello Gardens (W.I.P complete)

  1. I do like this painting as well! The distant mountains, village and boat creates an interest for the viewers to feel like you are walking along in the lovely garden but yet still have more to view! keep up your schedule of painting when you can!!!!

  2. Thanks Marty–I am doing my best to keep at it. It’s getting to the point where if I don’t have at least a little studio time I start to go a little crazy. So it’s in everybody’s best interest to let Mommy have her time. ;)

    I am glad to see that you appeared to get my feed. I think Feedblitz is misbehaving again as my email link took me to some random Feedblitz page instead of my blog post?!?

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