Hedge



Hedge
Watercolor, 9 x 12", no mat
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To see the study for this, go to Hedge Music. I've tried a few different versions of this scene I look out on while writing but this, the first version, works best. The trees are in bloom, the garden is flowering and the weather is gorgeous. I seem to be almost completely incapacitated by allergies. I am so tired that I have to lay down many times a day and force myself through the old task list. It's also challenging to complete a thought, not to mention a sentence. I've ordered what are supposed to be good remedies for allergies and am trying my best to eliminate foods that I'm sure are making matters worse.

Uh-oh! I thought I'd write about the painting but look what's happened! So this is what allergies are like? My reaction has become increasingly dramatic each spring since I've moved to middle Tennessee. I do not like to stay in doors with the windows closed, especially during such beautiful weather. Especially as I was planning to paint outdoors! Well, this is what's happening so I have to contend with it. Expect very few posts for a while but I'll do my best to keep my hand in.

In the meanwhile, feel free to browse through the archives (scroll down to see "Browse Around!" or "Themes and Variations" in the sidebar) and peek at My Great Day where I'll be posting photos and whatnot. Thanks for visiting!

Before the first mowing



Before the first mowing
April 2008
Watercolor on Fabriano cold press paper, 5 x 7"
on hold for exhibit


In the midst of a rainy two weeks, I took advantage of one sunnyish afternoon to capture this scene as the crowns of some of the trees were just beginning to leaf out. While looking at this, I decided that the red-tipped photinia to the left of the leyland cypress was not a color that I liked in that spot. It took away from the pretty pink of the dogwood about to flower behind it. If you've been following along, you'll already know that I've moved it to where the hackberry was removed and once it's recovered from the shock, I think it will look quite nice in its new spot.

As you can imagine, looking at the length of this lawn, the first mowing was a VERY big chore though I got a lot of good exercise.

You can see my sketch After the first mow then listen to my song Terminal up for the weekend at My Great Day.

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The Poison Ivy Tree



The Poison Ivy Tree
October 2007
Watercolor on Lana cold press paper, 5 x 7"
on hold for exhibit


This scene is no longer. The mulberry stump along with its mighty poison ivy vines and the hackberry trunk to the left are all gone. In subsequent paintings, you'll see new plantings eventually. If you've been following my sketch blog, you might remember the New Plantings post from a week ago or so. The red-tipped photinia is still struggling as it was moved without its entire root ball. I think it will be fine, though.

Again, I hope you've enjoyed becoming acquainted with my little piece of paradise. More is in store from the present tense but I expect these posts to slow to a trickle for a while.

See today's sketch and listen to a song at My Great Day.

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Lush



Lush
October 2007
Watercolor on Lana cold press, 5 x 7"
on hold for exhibit


People often complain about the bad soil in Nashville. I have to tell you that if you reach down into my yard and pull up a clump of earth, chances are, you'll have a handful of earthworms. Before this was an early suburb of Nashville, these few blocks were a nursery. Before that, this area of greater Flatrock was farms, before that, plantations and when the Native Americans lived here, they forbid any building on this land because of the rich soil and kept this area for planting and marketing.

This is what sold me on my little house. I walked around and saw this yard with a rabbit and a cardinal and thought, this is it.

Obviously, during October I have to paint outside. The light is lovely and the foliage is full and lush. I hope this time warp hasn't been too confusing. One more of these from the archives and then we're back to the present and beautiful moment.

See today's sketch then visit My Great Day. It's always a surprise.

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Behind the Drive



Behind the Drive
October 2007
Watercolor on Fabriano cold press paper, 5 x 7"
on hold for exhibit


The marigolds and angelonia were in their full glory so I edited out the birdbath to let them take center stage.

See today's sketch then see what's up at My Great Day.

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The new garbage bins



The new garbage bins
October 2007
Watercolor on Fabriano cold press paper, 5 x 7"
on hold for exhibit


One night I woke to see fire engines with the light rotating and firemen dousing huge licks of flames in the alley. "What the...?" I threw on my robe and walked down the lawn to find that all of the garbage bins along the alley had been squirted with lighter fluid and set ablaze. Now, there was some excitement. After a few phone calls, the city sent out new bins and here you see them in this painting.

See today's sketch and visit My Great Day for a song.

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Sweet before the rains



Sweet before the rains
October 2007
Watercolor on Lana hot press paper, 4 x 6"
on hold for exhibit


This view is along the west side hedge of elaeagnus, red-tipped photinia and wax-leaf privet.

See my elder statesman in a fetching pose and a film clip with Jewel at My Great Day.


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Edge of the Hedge



Edge of the hedge
October 2007
Watercolor on Fabriano cold press paper, 4 3/4 x 3 1/4"
on hold for exhibit


This is a view towards the back corner of my house where the elaeagnus, privet and junior oak leaf hydrangea stand under the honeysuckle and walnut tree at the end of the fence.

See today's sketch and visit My Great Day for a post on Nordic Landscape Painting.

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Overcast



Overcast
October 2007
Watercolor on Lana hot press paper, 4 x 6
on hold for exhibit


Here, I took out the dogwood tree and some of the wax leaf privet to use the back neighbor's house as a compositional anchor.

Please visit My Great Day for a post on Ukiyo-e. This week I'm posting modules from my Squidoo lens on the history of landscape painting.

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Red Shed (after the rain)



Red Shed (after the rain)
October 2007
Watercolor on Lana hot press paper, 4 x 6"
on hold for exhibit


In this painting, I edited everything in front of the back neighbor's shed to show it as the main subject. You can see some of the wax leaf privet I planted along the alley. A future hedge.

Read about the Sublime at My Great Day and see a very sloppy rainy scene at Sketches.

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Flame Tree



Flame Tree
October 2006
Watercolor on Lana hot press paper, 4 x 6"
on hold for exhibit


Here is a solo performance by the dogwood in the far yard. I was noticing that before its flowers bloomed this year, the tree took on a rusty cast. You'll see that in a painting at the end of this run.

News on the wild kingdom at My Great Day and a sketch of a wild king at Studies and Sketches.

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The Very Good Day



The Very Good Day
October 2006
Watercolor on Fabriano cold press, 7 x 10"
on hold for exhibit


This was one of the most exciting painting experiences ever. The brush moved almost like automatic writing. I was completely engaged and knew that if I stopped, it would be all over so I didn't stop. I kept right on moving until the painting was finished. Exhausting in a pleasant way, and a thrill.

This shows the mulberry stump on the left that came down in a storm earlier this year. In the post about removing that stump, I wrote about the flaming head of poison ivy that would cascade over the stump. Well, here's how it looked. You'll see another version next week.

I've posted a great song with a list of my favorite films staring children over at My Great Day plus see a sketch of some dogwood blooms at my drawing blog.

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Rust and lemon



Rust and lemon
October 2006
Watercolor on Lana hot press, 4 x 6"
on hold for exhibit


With each of these paintings, I sit in a different place and edit to my heart's delight, eliminating what suits me. Of course, one of the reasons I'm showing these all at one fell swoop is that even without editing, the yards scenes change. I also let the back of the house across the alley take on whatever character it likes and don't worry much about being at all architecturally accurate. I did my time being architecturally accurate when I earned part of my living painting architectural portraits.

See a sketch of new plantings and my current adventures with the wild kingdom at my other blogs.

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Autumn Blaze



Autumn Blaze
October 2006
Watercolor on Indian Village paper, 7 x 10"
on hold for exhibit


It's probably ridiculous to show autumn scenes in spring but that's what I'm doing, so be it. I wish I could tell you what flowering tree is turning here (I think it's a dogwood) but I do know that the yellow tree to the left is the Bradford Pear we lost last month.

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Late September 2006



Late September 2006
Watercolor on Indian Village paper, 7 x 10"
on hold for exhibit


Before the alley hedge went up, before the leaves started to change, I managed to put this view down on Indian Village paper. Get used to it. You're going to see a lot of this view in variously edited forms. I never get tired of looking at it!

You can see a pen and ink I made last week of another part of the yard at my drawing blog.

Oh, and you can see a big change in my yard today and tomorrow at My Great Day.

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Birdbath



Birdbath
August 2006
Watercolor on archival paper,
6 x 4"
on hold for exhibit


And now for something a little different. For the next couple of weeks I am showing paintings I've made of my yard over the past few years. A lot has been happening around the yard and if you follow My Great Day blog, you'll see some of the comings and goings. Some of the goings have changed the character of the yard so these paintings over the next weeks, a bit out of season, will show how it looked to date.

Besides the big going in my yard, I hosted a reception for my exhibit last Thursday, am at the tail end of a studio spring cleaning and completing a book project so I've had very little time to paint. While you're watching these paintings go by, I'll be rustling up some new ones to show you when this run is through. I'll also be attending to the garden to set the scene for more paintings of the yard.

In late October 2005 I made the first painting in my yard of the old shed where my studio now sits.

I painted this birdbath some time in August 2006 after putting up the fence and hefting the basin up on the pedestal. (Those basins are heavy!)

This week I'll show paintings from late 2005 - 2006. Next week from 2007. You can see recent pen and inks of the yard at Studies and Sketches.

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