Friday, July 31, 2009


Originally uploaded by linfrye
Duke Gardens

Oftentimes, it's difficult for me to get 'out' with a friend for painting - chores, fatigue from the week, grands, travel, whatever, seem to interfer with a simple meeting and time to paint. But yesterday, ah yesterday! WONDERFUL!

Connie ( and I met at Duke Gardens. Connie and I have painted together at some of the Alamance Paint Outs, but it was so relaxing and pleasant to spend a morning sitting in the shade by the pond with a friend and sketching!

We chatted, listened to all the passerbys as they too exclaimed over the charm of the scene, giggled at the deep croaking of frogs coming from the water, and simply 'tried' to capture what was in front of us.

Sarah Duke Gardens is an amazing place, with views to paint with every glance and step. Settling in and painting can be daunting, if not totally overwhelming. Add to that the simple joy of companionship, leisure, sunshine and plants -- well ... that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! LOL

But it was wonderful! By noon we were growing hungry, so we headed to a small cafe, sat under the shade, despite the warming temperatures, and chatted some more over wonderful sandwiches and refreshing glasses of iced tea. In all, just what the doctor ordered -- a fabulous, relaxing day!

THANk YOU, Connie!!!


Connie said...

What a wonderful day! What a wonderful friend!

Joan said...

I'm so glad you were able to get away from your hectic work schedule and do some plein air painting with a good friend. Sharing the day makes it even nicer!