"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Goethe

Friday, February 24, 2012

Magnolia Gardens

I set aside the Ponte Vecchio painting to work on a painting of one of the bridges in Magnolia Gardens near Charleston, SC.  My father asked me to paint something for him that he could hang on the wall of his car lube business in Charleston that he plans to take back over this summer.  We found a photo of this bridge on the internet and both liked it.   It was therapeutic to paint the moss that was so natural to me when I was a child, but that I never see in the places I live now (except for the time we lived in Georgia).  I added azaleas, because they just needed to be there.  I tried something new I've learned lately, too--putting down paint and then defining it with black outlines.  I went with my parents to visit an art gallery owned by a friend of my mother's from elementary school and his wife.  They are both artists.  She used that method and it was very artistic.  I later noticed that that is something Minerva Teichert does all of the time.  I also saw a painting that uses that technique for a non-objective painting in the museum at USU when I went to visit Meredith yesterday to see her recital.  So, there it is in my trees.


  1. I love this one! I think if the azaleas aren't there in real life, they should be. I enjoy reading your blog. I don't always get to comment, but I do enjoy seeing the things you are painting. You're so talented!

  2. Thanks, Annah. That is very nice of you. I'm sorry I didn't get to see you on my last visit--I was on an odd schedule this time. The next time for sure.