Monday, June 21, 2010

Painting in the Garden

On Sunday June 13th, the Qualicum Bay, Bowser area hosted a Garden Tour. Nine unique gardens were selected to be viewed and artists were selected to sit in the garden and paint for the day.

Not having much experience in "Outdoor Painting" (easier to say than en plein air), I decided to throw my hat in the ring. We were allowed to have a sneak preview of our selected garden beforehand, and even take photos. We could start our paintings in our studios, as long as we finished them in the garden. With camera in hand, I scoured every inch of the wondering paths, photographed numerous plant groupings and tried to entice the fish in the fish pond to pose for a picture.

I primed my canvas and worked on it for days, trying to come up with something fantastic.

On the morning of the Garden tour, I abandoned my previous canvas (now with many layers of ideas) started a new canvas and came up with a beautiful little painting.

"Ponderous", 8 x 10", acrylic

The paintings were then put on display at the Lighthouse Community Centre for a silent auction. The owners of the garden that I was painting in bought my painting. I hadn't even had time to get attached to it!!

I enjoyed the spontaneous energy that came forth that morning, as opposed to a planned approach to painting. After three hours the painting was complete, and I was off to the hall for strawberry shortcake!

What a wonderful day in Qualicum Bay!

Till Next Time ...

Love what you Do ... and Do what you Love.


1 comment:

Karen Martin Sampson said...

Susan, I think this is the most beautiful painting you've ever done! Stunning! You need to be doing more plein air!! You have a knack for it.