©2016 Joy Makon. Not to be reproduced without permission.


It’s beautifully warm and sunny outside and I stayed inside to paint.

Inspiration, when it strikes, overrules everything, so I needed to finish this painting before taking advantage of the nice weather. I could paint weeping tree limbs all night long and not improve anything, so I stopped and signed the painting and called it finished around 5pm today. Why should this family have all the fun? I need to get outside too.

This painting is inspired from an early April walk through the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Over two dozen cherry trees are planted within this garden and they bloom spectacularly early and are always  amazing. In another week or so the remainder of the cherry trees will be in full bloom, but nothing compares to these Japanese weeping varieties. Hanami refers to the season of flower viewing that has become an annual tradition for me and scores of other visitors to the Garden.

I don’t use Winsor & Newton paints that often. For this painting I loved using WN permanent rose and WN cobalt turquoise light for just the right effects.

April 2016
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 21.5″ x 14.25″

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8 thoughts on “Hanami

  1. Paradise for all who happen along that certain pathway. Your painting of the image you saw allows all of us to enjoy the vision and beauty of that moment!

  2. You have a way of painting with your words Joy and the imagery it evokes makes me want to run to the garden now. Beautiful

  3. Sharman and Alan on said:

    Lovely! Through your painting of spring in the Botanic Gardens, you are documenting the pleasure of daily life in this neighborhood. Brava!

  4. TEENAGE NOMAD on said:

    This is beautiful!!

  5. So beautiful! The color and light is amazing!

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