Poem from the Garden

TM9535 Poem from the Garden 20×36 oil on panel

The sensuality of peonies in full bloom is extraordinary,. Painting that sensuality, and trying to convey an invitation to draw closer and take a deep breath – well, that is the challenge. Portraying every detail might seem like the right approach. But, seeing too much might actually inhibit the sense of mystery and the feeling of scent in the air around the flowers. In Poem from the Garden I chose to work broadly and use restraint painting the details. The loosely rolled underpainting, full of unexpected shapes and textures, was almost interesting enough without additional work. A few simple glazes and limited opaque highlights extended the range of tones and provided just enough information to establish that this is, indeed, a poem from the garden. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9535 Poem from the Garden – detail from lower right
TM9535 Poem from the Garden – detail from left of center showing broadly rolled paint with overlaid glaze and selectively defined portions of blossoms and leaves

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