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.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 21.5″ x 14.25″