I think my favorite subject matter is all in the Missouri Botanical Garden. If I didn’t have other responsibilities, I would literally set up camp there, and paint morning noon and night! One late May evening, I was strolling through here prior to the Whitaker music festival. When I walked through the Japanese garden by the crooked bridge, I was struck by the way the setting sun hit the tops of the trees in the background, and the way it reflected off the water. What a perfect place to sit and relax.
When I was walking past the lily pad ponds by the Linnaeus House in the Missouri Botanical Garden, I was mesmerized by the pattern of lily pad shadows and reflections on the water.
I painted this in acrylic based on a photo I took of the scene. I enlarged it on my ipad mini, and did a drawing first. Then I painted in the scene. It was colorful, but looked somewhat flat and disjointed. So, I put my Monet on and put lots of broken color in the shadows and the sky reflections. This made it much more vibrant, and unified the painting. Later, I darkened some of the shadow areas, and brightened the lighter areas to improve the value system. Finally, I realized it was hard to tell the reflections and shadows from the actual lily pads and flower, so I put a glaze over the water using a mixture of translucent zinc white, iridescent silver, and iridescent gold.
My favorite part of this is the foreground lily, with the white and gold light reflections on it.
Here is a piece I painted last winter with a painting buddy at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Since it was cold outside, we decided to paint at the temperate house. I was very drawn to this lovely bronze statue of a little boy playing the recorder. I have 2 sons, and for some reason this one reminds me of my younger son Andrew. There is something about the tilt of his head, and his general demeanor that reminds me of Andrew. I love how he is reflected in the pond, along with some of the greenery growing around him.
I’m very pleased with how this pastel painting turned out. It is of the boxwood garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden. I really like the contrast of the vertical brickwork in the foreground left and the fountains on the lower right, with the horizontals of the garden behind it. It is very colorful. There is a warm, sunny feel to this piece. You can see the gazebo through the round opening in the brick wall. I really enjoyed creating this painting.
I was born and raised in the tropics (Venezuela). Now, I’m in Missouri, USA. I really miss the tropical weather in winter! So, I decided to go to the Missouri Botanical Garden Temperate House, and paint this romantic little scene of vines trailing along a Mediterranean stucco wall. This is done in soft pastels, en plein air.
My husband had a day off work, and we had the privilege to spend the day at the Missouri Botanical Garden on a beautiful balmy and sunny September Day. We sat on a bench in the shade, and I painted this sunny, splashy fountain with soft pastels. I like how the sun dappled the water and the surrounding patio. I also love the sun dappling on the water of the fountain itself, as well as the droplets of water surrounding the water spurts.
I’m quite happy with this painting.
I spent a good amount of time, many hours in fact, mixing all of my basic colors of oil paints. I got some very beautiful, complex reds from mixing yellows with red violets. I decided to try one of these mixtures for these stunning and colorful daylilies. The color of the flowers is based on a mix of cadmium yellow medium and quinacridone rose. I also used Permalba white, yellow ochre, ultramarine deep, sap green, and Van Dyke brown. I painted the background smoothly with a brush. Then, I painted in the dark shadows with a muted blue green. I painted the leaves in with a brush, from dark, to middle, to light values. I put in the flower petals and the flower throats with palette knives. I made a point to blend the back edges of the flower petals into the background somewhat to add depth. Lost and found edges are very good to have. It adds depth, and helps the positive and negative space to flow together into a unified whole.
I let this dry for a few days, then I painted in the flower buds with palette knives, then the stems. After this dried to the touch, I added some hilights, and a few minor details. In my opinion, this is one of my best floral paintings. I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I enjoyed painting it. Here is a link to the online listing.