One of the final projects of my watercolor class I teach was home portraits.
I love doing home portraits because in looking back, they become little time capsules.
For instance, here is the portrait I did of the same house seven years ago:
We had just moved in, the house was green, my kids were 5&7 yrs, we had our first cat Pina still with us and I had decided to do a little folk painting capturing all of the kid’s activities.
Seven years later, I painted the house the color I wanted, created the gardens I envisioned, my kids are now teens, our new cat is Willow. Times have changed. My plan is to keep the old paintings behind the new paintings in the frame. This way seven years from now I can look back and reflect again. I wish I had done a painting of my first house ten years before that, but I hadn’t thought of it!
I can’t talk about my home without instantly referring to my gardens. My yard is small, the house is –a cape. Not much out of the ordinary there. But my gardens are where I feel I have made my mark. It’s where I’ve turned my house into a home.
If your a gardener, you can’t help but take photos. There’s so much going on in the garden! It’s almost like I need to look at it through photographs in order to process it all. I also think that gardening is the largest inspiration in my artwork because it makes such an impact on my life. I absolutely love organic lines as well as the twists, turns and wiggles. Gardens are like puzzles of perfect chaos.
So here is my inspiration for 2019. It has been a fantastic year for flowers. I have moved every plant in my yard at least three times, but I am starting to feel like everything is now in it’s place.
Back I go – into my gardens.
This is the yard you dream about during a dreary winter day. I love all of the color and yard art!
I love this, Mary. Ellie