Visiting the Greenhouse

TM9196 Visiting the Greenhouse 20×30 oil on panel

Greenhouses are magical places. In the dead of winter, you can walk in and forget your winter blues. There is light, the smell of damp earth, and so much life. I visited a greenhouse last winter, and found, nestled among other plants, these camellias bursting into bloom. I took dozens of photos and pondered what I might do with them. I loved the camellias, but I wanted to include their friends. I also wanted to play with the shapes that a roller can make (and the translucence of thinly layered paint films), contrasted with an independent gestural line – two ways of describing a form. Visiting the Greenhouse is the result. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9196 Visiting the Greenhouse – detail

TM9196 Visiting the Greenhouse – detail showing brushwork and use of roller


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