Thursday, April 27, 2017

Past Their Prime

It took me a while to get around to painting the flowers that my husband brought me for Easter. These were in a pot and I forgot to water them. Of course the petals started falling off, but I think it gives them a bit more character, don't you?

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Japanese Pond

Here is the third painting I did at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens last week. After the previous painting I had some time left to sketch. I did this in ink first so that I would at least have the sketch if I didn't get to paint the whole thing. Of course there were kids around the pond walkway, but I was sketching by a raised area of grass and was right up to the fence. Unfortunately two geese decided they wanted to visit that spot and they attracted a lot of kids. I was afraid to put anything down on the ground because the geese have been known to pick up brushes or paper towels and walk away with them. lol I didn't quite finish the piece there because a guard came over and told me they were closing the pond area for the day. It closes at 5:30 and we had been there since 9:30. I took a quick photo so I could finish it at home. 

This weekend is the big Cherry Blossom Festival, the Sakura Matsuri which celebrates the traditional and contemporary Japanese culture amid the blossoming trees. If we thought it was crowded last week, I can't imagine what it is like this weekend. They always get incredible crowds. As much as it would be wonderful to experience the music and dancing, I'm glad we are missing it.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Garden Walkway

If you read my post yesterday you know how crowded the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens were the day we visited. This painting was done along the central walkway that goes through the gardens. It was so crowded with people and many of them didn't hesitate to get in front of me (and I was up against a fence) to take a photo. Little kids were everywhere, women were dressing in kimonos to take get the idea. Nevertheless I persisted. lol This took a lot of time to do. It is hard working with masses of flowers everywhere. I also left out most of the people.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Weeping Cherry Tree

Last week my friend and I went to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. We picked a weekday to go, hoping it wouldn't be too crowded. We were wrong because it was a free day. Every mom and little kid imaginable were there as well as all the photographers in Brooklyn. We wanted to paint the cherry blossoms by the Japanese pond and were running out of time. As it was they were past their peak. I found a spot to paint this where I was out of the public masses as much as possible...but later it just got worse. lol

I sketched a few people dining outside while we were waiting for our lunch.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tax Protest

On March 15th here in the USA there were tax marches and rallies to tell the president that we wanted him to release his taxes to the American people. I was with a group of very determined people.

Tracy is having another fun day.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Weeping Cherry Tree

I made a second visit to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale last week. I wanted to catch as many blooms as possible. I've sketched this tree before but from a different side.

Happy Earth Day

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Friday, April 21, 2017

In Bloom

Last week I stopped at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale. It felt like spring and was warm enough to be out of my car sketching. I looked for a magnolia tree in bloom, but the one that I could find only had buds. I'll have to go back and see if it is blooming yet, but by the time I get there it will probably be too late. lol

The arboretum does a wonderful job with tulips, but there weren't too many that were opened yet.

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