Friday, July 31, 2009

Waterlily - Duke Gardens

Waterlily - Duke Gardens
Originally uploaded by linfrye
Daily Practice
Plein Air

As I've written below, being surrounded by so much beauty at Duke Gardens, a friend to chat with who shares the same interests, a glorious day, and the blessing of time, can often be more overwhelming in simple pleasure ... making painting a bit more difficult! Still, I attempted the incredible water lilies in the pond we sat by, the bullfrogs making us laugh with their deep and surprising croaks. The sun was hot, and though in my mind I imagined painting this 'loose' and wet and splashy -- dang, it didn't happen. I got tight, too dark with shadows, too stiff -- but while the painting result suffered, I had a truly wonderful and most incredibly relaxing day and I do like the colors! LOL

Great company, a good lunch, terrific sharing, and even rain at home -- some days, one just has to make a few sacrifices ... LOLOL!!

Today it's back to chores, errands, and perhaps attempting that lily again. The rain has finally reached the soil, and though we need a lot more -- for now, it's good to know the plants have finally gotten their thirst quenched ...

Have a great day!


Connie said...

Ditto! Ditto! Ditto! The colors are beautiful!

Joan said...

This may not be as loose as you wanted it to be, but it is BEAUTIFUL!!! I think it is difficult to paint loosely in plein air when the paint is drying as fast as you put it on. Wonderful colors in this!! I need to find a place with some waterlilies to paint...Monet's garden perhaps?

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful day; so glad you were able to have it and to get in some painting too! Your water lilly is terrific Lin. To paraphrase an old saying:On the way to one thing, something totally different, but just as wonderful, might happen. Enjoy the results anyway -- they are lovely.