Inside and out, Wave Hill never disappoints.
The spring garden is always filled with subtle color and I enjoy observing the blossoms that emerge, open up cautiously, and then shoot out full-force and in magnificent color. There was plenty of that to see at Wave Hill in April when I visited. I could not, however, be less impressed by what was going on in their greenhouses—a riot of plants that were lovingly cared for all winter and were now displayed in glorious color. There was nothing subtle about what I discovered with the hothouse plants—nasturtiums, Queen Anne’s Lace, orchids.
As I dove into this large painting—a full sheet of Arches—I explored areas to soften and blur while keeping a margin of sharp-edged details. Mostly I allowed the strong light to create the shapes of this painting. From the edges of the door frames, to the softness that was going on outside of the greenhouse building, to the busy forms of the plants—I used the lights and darks to form the structure of this view and give a sense of space. I loved working on this piece.
Word of the day: umbel. A cluster of flowers that radiates out from a central point, like the ribs of an umbrella (from the Latin umbella). Characteristic especially of cow parsley, dill, carrot and fennel.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 22″ x 30″
“Greenhouse Effect” will be exhibited at the 153rd annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, April 6-25, 2020 at the Salmagundi Club. And then the painting is going to a new home!