Beauty comes and goes so quickly at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
At this time of year, each day brings new blossoms and all the gardens I pass change shape daily. So it is at Brooklyn Botanic Garden where the softly fragrant magnolias are one of the earliest to burst out in front of this elegant beaux arts building. Spring fervor is all the evidence I need to understand that there is a larger presence in the universe. By now most of the star magnolia blooms are gone until next year; the sweet-bay magnolia waits until June to open and I’ll be back to check it out.
True to form—my form, that is—lots of seasonal distractions such as visiting the Garden, planting pansies in windowboxes, purchasing dahlias and ipomoea and begonias for later on, and going on photo walks in the park, have been keeping me away from the studio too often. This painting took forever to finish, but there were good excuses for the delay—including yesterday’s trip to Coney Island so that I could dip my feet into the ocean.
Like all good things when it comes to painting, this piece has its merits. I made peace with masking techniques while learning to embrace an old-school Speedball pen nib to work with the watercolor paint. The next painting is in the works, probably of the Japanese azaleas in my Brooklyn Backyard, and I see exactly how useful that pen is going to be.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14″ x 21″