The first full day of Spring found a score of eager plein air painters swarming around the Kirk-Farrington house and gardens. Although only a few of the over 160 herbaceous and tree peonies for which the garden is famous were in bloom, many of us were drawn to them -- just as they drew the native bees living in the garden. Other equally attractive subjects were the 1878 house itself, a wisteria covered gazebo, and the formal rose garden with a gazing globe. Too much to paint in one session!
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Note: The peonies should be in full bloom starting in a week or so followed by the roses --- well worth a look-see if you're in the neighborhood.
This giant bloom grew on a 70 year old Chinese Tree Peony plant. With the perfect weather today I thought there'd be no problems painting it in plein air, only to discover that the blossom opened up more as the sun shown, changing the shapes and lighting before my eyes! Leslie
It was great to see such a large crowd at our paintsite today--lovely weather, and nature's "aromatherapy" and mellow honeybees set the mood. Laurie
|Liz Siegel (watercolor pencil)|
I painted the doorway because I wanted Dorothy Farrington to come out and invite us in for tea. (My only excuse is too much "Downton Abbey.") This wonderful adventure was all too short. Thanks again, Caroline
I was drawn to the front of the house where two stately Magnolia's welcomed visitors who entered the gate and approached the front door. Mary
Even partially hidden from the street behind two huge ancient Magnolias, the perfect proportions of the house are evident. It's only when one gets closer that the wonderful detail and craftsmanship can be appreciated. Brad
This was a lovely painting experience with a great turnout - 20 painters! The house and garden were just a feast for the senses. Sylvia
A perfect day for painting outdoors, sunny but not at all hot. The garden held lots of promise for glorious blooms later in the season, but the wisteria was ahead of them all. Jenny
What a gorgeous garden! I allowed time to just sit in the gazebo and appreciate the beauty. Marilyn