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Front Yard Daylily, Astilbe, Hosta

The front garden is small, sweet and filled with huge plants.
My cat Lily thinks the hosta leaves are pretty neat too.

My cat Lily thinks the hosta leaves are pretty neat too.

I fear that the front yard announces that a crazy person lives in this house. The garden is overstuffed with large specimens of plants, especially a huge hosta that just refuses to be tamed. It measures at least ten feet wide by two feet high without its tall flowers. It is gradually pushing out the beautiful apricot-colored daylilies that were there years before I planted that hosta. Every spring I cut back the hosta to allow for light to reach the lilies, but eventually the hosta wins out. Even so, it is an impressive plant, as is the daylily. It is a large variety and a gorgeous color. In the midday summer sun, the flower just glows.

This painting is an offering of a peace lily. As my heart was breaking from hearing news events, I could choose to retreat to the studio and paint the heck out of this pretty little scene. Seems so insignificant, but if it makes someone smile for a moment, maybe that’s the best I can come up with right now.

I am off to travel and paint in France with a nice group of artists and our teacher Denis Ponsot. I am looking forward to discovering new views, to be immersed in a different language and culture, and to share the global experience through art and painting. à bientôt

July 2016
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14″ x 18″


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5 thoughts on “Front Yard Daylily, Astilbe, Hosta

  1. Beautiful painting. Lovely sentiment. Have a fantastic trip.

  2. So photorealistic!

  3. It’s a beauty.

  4. I really enjoyed your painting as well as your writing – I can almost envision your yard and the somewhat comical sequence of yearly events. It is no mean accomplishment to bring a smile to another’s face… Along a different line of thought, I noticed that watercolor artists widely varying approaches in terms of the level of detail they capture in a scene. Some go for the “quick and dirty”, but convey the core essence of what they see (plein air). Others, like you, seem to spend a lot of time on the details. There is no one right way, I am sure, but how does one determine the depth of detail that works best for a subject? Thoughts?

    • Joy Makon on said:

      thank you for your kind comment Vidya. I spend a lot of time looking at both traditional and contemporary painting and try and experiment with the watercolor as much as possible. Drawing is very important too.

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