Wednesday, October 26, 2011

In the garden

Beautiful sunshine without gusting winds today provided ideal weather for working outdoors in the gardens at Montsalvat. It was so lovely to be outdoors, listening to birds and soaking up the warmth. I packed a small bag with the materials I normally take on a day trip to Coochiemudlo Island and had the added comfort of a chair for the day.
Working on paper with acrylic and ink, I looked for the patterns and feel of the surrounds, more than the view.
The lower garden areas are a ramble of fruit trees, spring flowers, scented roses, succulents and iris ringed ponds. Luminous fresh spring growth and light provided an interesting palette of colours to work with. Images above show one view of the garden and a work in progress, unfortunately the yellow pigment is not showing up as brightly here, but you get an idea.
It's been a perfect day for nearing the end of the residency.

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