Spring is in full bloom here in the South and I’ve tried to capture some of the color and excitement with several paintings of the flowering trees and azaleas so prevalent in this area. Last weekend was the first session of the Gwinnett Plein Air Challenge and we painted at Vines Gardens in Loganville. I did a large (for me) 18 x 20″ of one the lakeside pavilions and enjoyed visiting and painting with some of the other artists. We have three of four more sessions before the end of the summer leading up to a show at the Tannery Row Gallery and awards in September.
This week I worked on a view of a house I often notice as I walk my dog down the street from ours. It’s a beautiful charcoal painted two story with cream trim and a red door. The azaleas out front right now chime in with several large pine and poplars that cast shadows across the front in the afternoon. I worked two sessions on this view and am still messing with it —almost always a mistake. If I had the time I would start all over again with this one as a guide.
This last 9 x 12″ is a view of the wonderful dogwood that lives in my backyard. I’ve painted it many times before but I think I like this one the best. I call it—King of Spring.