Plein air with the birds!

I spent two and a half hours yesterday morning literally contemplating the birds and bees at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. And of course, painting (which is the reason for this post!) I have watched this garden grow over the years that I have lived nearby, and it has become one of my favorite places to wander and paint. In fact, it has recently been awarded one of the “top 10 gardens worth traveling for” , and I feel really fortunate to be just down the road.

At the far end of the garden, through the “woodland walk”, one can come upon this little scene; it is a sanctuary for birds, butterflies, bees, and maybe even a human or two:

“Garden Sanctuary”
Oil on Canvas, 12×9″
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I have really missed plein air painting. It takes me beyond “production mode” and more deeply into the experience of painting nature. After yesterday’s session I made a resolution; my goal for the next 60 days is to paint en plein air once a week. There may be a week here and there that my mommy duties will have to take precedence, but generally speaking I think this is a manageable goal. So if you notice me falling off task, you have my permission to nag, or slap me with a wet noodle–your choice! ;-)

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4 Responses to Plein air with the birds!

  1. Really lovely and peaceful. Keep up the plein air where you excel and feed your soul!

  2. Thanks for the encouragement Marilyn! I don’t always excel in the field, but I am always inspired and challenged. Definitely keeps things interesting!

  3. sandhya bodas

    That’s a lovely garden scene. You are really fortunate to be staying close to this beautiful garden. What more can an artist ask for!!

  4. Thanks Sandhya! It really is peaceful and beautiful there. It has wonderful places to sit and contemplate, but it has a children’s garden too, with some fun water features so the kids can cool off on a hot summer day. I take my daughter there often (no painting on those days though! ;) )

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