Secret Garden Series – #1 Raccoon watercolor 18″ x 24″
It feels so darn good to finish a painting!
Not to mention, it sort ended up how I imagined. I finally got enough “garden” in there to feel “Secret Gardeny”.
Here’s a good visual of how I started with the small studies and now I am continuing with large paintings. The small studies allowed me to work out a bunch of ideas:
So now that I have completed the first large painting, I can better explain what I envisioned.
Months ago, I had the idea to try and create artwork that marries all the things I am passionate about. It’s taken years to figure that out, but here they are: Color, Animals, Gardening, Flowers & Fabric. Then, I had another idea. What if I created my own secret garden where I could hide objects for people to find? That to me, would make it more fun and “secret”. The photo above shows tons of little pieces of paper where I worked out what objects I’d like to hide. I’m using them now as cues for each painting.
So take a look again, the painting has a bunch of things to look for.
Find: A puzzle piece, a dragon fly, a feather, a skull, blue berries, a teacup, a spider, a seashell, mushrooms and a lock. I also decided I am going to place a Latin phrase in each image. For this one, I selected “Memento Vivere” which translates to “Remember to Live”. You know, like life is short so your really ought to go for it :)
I’ve heard twice now that this would make a great puzzle. …Oh man. Why hadn’t I thought of that? It really would! When I’m done with the series, I am going to have to search for how to submit my images to puzzle companies. That would be awesome.
This is my favorite part of the image. If and when I ever find time, I’d like to go back and try this as it’s own painting:
So that’s it. File this one away and get cracking on #2 which is The Owl. Off I go!