My plein air group, PALS, was invited to participate in the Sayville Garden Tour that took place today. We previously did quick pen and pencil sketches for their brochure, but today was the actual tour. People picked up their tickets at the Gillette House in Sayville where we had a show hanging of mostly floral themed paintings.
There were 6 gardens in the tour and artists were assigned for morning sessions or afternoon sessions at the different gardens. I chose to do one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
From 11 -1 o'clock I was at a garden on Sunrise Avenue in Sayville. When I was there originally I sketched a cherub near the pergola that goes to the koi pond.
Today I focused on the pergola itself with the view through to the tree and the koi pond. If you look closely you can see the cherub on the left. Why did I select that view? I just loved the pergola with the pink flowers on top and winding through it.
Here is the view I saw.
And here is my painting (8 x 10) which was purchased by the homeowners. Yay!!!
Another artist, my friend Jean, was painting at the other end of the garden.
While we were painting we were serenaded by musicians playing on the patio.
At 1 o'clock I moved to the second garden on Seville Blvd. When I was there the last time I sketched the fish water feature by the pond in the yard.
Today I never got past the front view of the house which I think was just lovely. There were beds of flowers, unusual trees in greens and reds and a great house with great windows.
Since I got a bit of a late start here I decided to only do a 5 x 7 painting, but I was very happy with the way it came out. Here I am at work in front of the house.
The owners both loved it but didn't offer to buy it.
They already had a painting from one of the artists who painted there in the morning.
I did go around the back of the house when I finished painting and found my friend, Muriel painting in the back garden by the musicians.
It was a really nice day at lovely locations!