Unbeknownst to my suburban neighbors summer squash, okra, eggplant and bush beans have often been planted in among the dianthus and marigolds filling our front flower bed. A lovely rosemary bush also calls this garden patch home.
THE INSPIRATION: Georgia’s winter 2017 has been unusually warm. Its February and the rosemary has become a fragrant work site for impatient bees resulting in an abundance of tiny blue-violet flowers. On a particularly sunny day, I decided on a bit of plein air work in the garden.
THE CHALLENGE: There is a lot going on in my garden, even in the winter – nuthatches, cardinals and house finches are always busy around the feeder. But to keep the drawing simple, I resisted adding the birds and other garden elements. ( No bunnies.) But the stately pines and surrounding hillside were tempting. After 3 false starts to include these, I decided they were a subject matter for another time.
THE SKETCH: Pastels on medium weight drawing paper.
THE TAKE-AWAY: I like this sketch. Especially the wispy clouds. The stiffness of the rosemary bush and concrete birdbath make a good foil for the sky’s lightness. But it feels a little too still. Perhaps a bird or two fluttering nearby would have added movement to this sketch as they do my garden in winter! One can oversimplify.