Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year.
I am back in the groove. Past a glut of deadlines, my energy can return to my initiative and now I live in the technicolor of summer gardens. Time to catch up on studies.
In Good Company
I’m not the only one inspired by gardens. I’m in good company. One needs only to think of Monet and his exquisite lily pond. The gardens at Chez Bogie are not so exhalted. Nor are the studies as sublime. But documenting them through my eyes for posterity may preserve them much longer than photos. It is these lovely but seemingly mundane aspects of everyday life that are simply taken for granted today. In 50 or even 25 years, they may be curious because a flower or bush has gone extinct. Maybe the way things are pruned or the design of the plantings may go out of fashion. These are some of the reasons I capture my environment in my artwork. This is how my grandchildren and great-grandchildren may know me better–what was important. How I lived. What things looked like in the “old” days.
Inspired by early morning light and a morning of my own, I set up to paint the garden on the north side of my house at 7:30am today. But I began studies of my deck plantings last weekend–and that is where my show and tell starts.
I have purchased the most glorious red-orange and cadmium yellow zinnias. They are tall, dramatic, and exuberant. And that is the first study I completed. Sketched with drawing pen and colored with watercolor, they are surrounded by spikes of purple sage and sweet vibrant mounds of periwinkle-colored lobelia.