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The Sky Goes In First

This spring I noticed how magnificent the saucer magnolias were.

I worked on this painting for more than a month and I am so happy to be done and pleased with how it turned out.  The blossoms are of Magnolia × soulangeana against a gorgeous sky from a splendid April day at one of my favorite gardens, Wave Hill in The Bronx, NY.

I thought about writing about my process or motivation. I think that for now, I can only say that making art—and painting large, detailed subjects— is a way of coping and finding hope and beauty amidst what increasingly becomes a daily barrage of upsetting and negative news in the world. If this painting makes you smile then I have done a good job.

It’s time to return to Wave Hill to check out how summer is progressing there.

June 2018
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 21″ x 29″











This entry was published on June 19, 2018 at 6:52 pm. It’s filed under drawing, Home, landscape, Spring, watercolor and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “The Sky Goes In First

  1. Wow, this is awesome! Love the color contrasts, and the blossoms are delightful – I can almost smell them!

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