Thursday, 30 May 2013

Victory Garden, a morning plein air, by Dianne Lorden

This morning, during my early rounds of our yard, I decided to create a pastel of this flower bed while the sun was still just peaking in. Armed with coffee and still in my PJs, I worked till my husband called me for breakfast (yes, spoiled) and then took a break. Of course, the light had moved along when I returned ... I declared myself done at 11:15 a.m.
The title, aside from being a nod to Memorial Day, reflects that this garden does indeed represent a victory. At one time, someone had planted it with many sun-loving perennials. But, it has languished in the shade for years and we've never seen any of them bloom. Recently, we've had to do a lot of tree removal. One of the outcomes has been the absolute miracle of what this flower bed has accomplished this spring! I'm so happy for the plants - especially the peonies and iris - for reaching there potential. I've only captured some of what grows here, which also includes hosta, everlasting peas, ferns and Solomon's Seal. The bed is situated along a national park fence. On the other side is a meadow and monuments: the only such location within the Borough of Gettysburg.
My website: South Mountain Sketchbook

6 comments:

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Beautiful, Dianne - I want to be sitting in that garden, enjoying the beauty of nature.

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Debra Kreiger said...

Beautiful Dianne.

Cecelia Lyden said...

Warm accounting and lovely painting.

Vivian Sterste - Brandler said...

Still somewhat new to the blogger format....somehow I post and things show up more than once...now all deleted! NOT savy....lolol.

Diane! I hope we all get to paint together soon! I love your pastels and paintings.

Have you ever tried the Sennelier pastels....you can "paint" with them also....