A color-renewing excuse to visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Spring’s late this year, spring will be early next year. All I know is that it’s here and every day of warmth and sun brings enough magnificent flowers and fragrance— have we all forgotten about winter yet? A more substantial painting is on the drawing board for next week. In the meantime this small painting is a quick study so that I can remember how to work with the yellows (Hansa yellow, New Gamboge) and greens (mix my own, with a little Hooker’s Green sneaking in) that were hardly touched while painting snowscapes.
In my Brooklyn Backyard gardens #brooklynbackyard I prefer to plant yellows only in spring, through daffs, pansies, and a sweet winter jasmine shrub that usually blossoms in January. That one just went in to bloom. I enjoy them while they are here, which is never long enough. Now that the Botanic Garden is filled with beds of daffodils and tulips and magnolias and cherry trees I have every reason to visit weekly. The Garden notes on its blog that this hill is planted with Narcissus ‘King Alfred’, the largest of all the trumpet-shaped daffodils. I think it is all pretty awesome.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 10″ x 10″