Notes from the Garden – Abundance

TM9534 Notes from the Garden – Abundance 20×36 oil on panel

Nature loves to fill a void, and the garden is no exception. Actually, I prefer a little chaos. Too much order is boring. So here’s too enthusiasm among the blossoms! details below. Enjoy.

TM9534 Notes from the Garden – Abundance – close-up from upper right
TM9534 Notes from the Garden – Abundance – detail from lower left with hydrangea surrounded by volunteers
TM9534 Notes from the Garden – Abundance – detail from right side

Technical painting notes: This painting began with a roll-up of thinned burnt sienna paint manipulated with rags and scrapers to block in the major shapes. After the first layer was dry, I used alkyd glazes to introduce color (thinned terra rosa and some olive greens). While the glaze was wet, I started defining flowers and leaves using brushes and a heavier bodied paint. I used a roller charged with transparent paint to blend and break up the patterns, introducing some chaos. Further linear definition with cool, bluish gray greens and yellows offered contrast to the broad, rolled shapes and blends. I emphasized the yellow shades as a way to bring sunshine and warmth into the painting.