©2014 Joy Makon. Not to be reproduced without permission.

Brooklyn Idyll

Next painting will have requisite fall colors, promise.


Summer was over when I walked through these two iconic Brooklyn landmarks, but you never would have known it from this scene. Evergreens and manicured boxwoods generally keep their color—only the cannas around the obelisk were starting to fade. Add in a gorgeous sky and sun and here was the makings of a dramatic landscape in portrait mode.

Goals for this painting: Mixing greens to keep the distinctive hues of each tree and shrub. I started with a base of Holbein ultramarine blue dark and M. Graham hansa yellow, and added in other colors to make warm and cool greens. It was never my intention to paint togas and architectural detail but to paint the light and shadows playing off of the structures. Next time I will try to paint even less detail, but this one required restraint to stop adding in all the stuff.

I did add in a wild monk parakeet aka Brooklyn parrot during a Bob Ross moment. Can’t make up the Brooklyn Botanic Garden or the Brooklyn Museum, though.

November 8 and 9: If you are in New York City, I am participating in the Park Slope Windsor Terrace Artists Open Studio Tour.  Brooklyn Idyll and many other paintings and giclee prints will be on display.

October 2014
Watercolor and graphite
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14″ x 21″

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