5" x 7"
oil on gessoed masonite
This month's Calypso Moon Artist's Movement challenge is to paint a place where you like to go and enjoy the scenery - a pond, a garden, a flower dept. at the store - a secret garden.
Right now, my gardens, although some planted, aren't what you call a place to go sit and enjoy yet. So I remembered a place where I relished the opportunity to go to. It was at Karla's secluded homestead in the mountains above Denver. Karla is always on the 'garden tour' every year. She has lovely flower and vegetable gardens and is a gardener extraordinaire.
Recently I found the negative from one of the photo shoots I did while 'garden sitting' there - (they had taken their daughter back east to her first year of college.) I used my trusty little negative reader (thanks mom and dad) and made the negative into a digital image and used it for this painting. It had been in my stack of "things to paint" - this challenge nudged me right into painting it. And here you have it and although I can't go there anymore...too far away, I think about that lovely place in the cool mountain air on a sunny summer's day, windchimes swaying in the gentle breeze. She had a great hammock that you could lay down in and just breathe it all in. It was Zen. And of course the other attraction for me was her horses, chickens, dogs and cats.
Took care of them, too!
BTW - this one is in my Etsy shop.