Valentine_Roses_at_the_Pond

You know when you get up in the morning, you can never tell that you’re going to paint a great painting.  It really never enters my mind as much as “I want to paint something beautiful that moves me”.  Well, that’s just what happened.  And I finally brought out my little pochade box to the Yang San Lang Art Musuem.

Just a three-minute walk from my house where that street is known for its arts community.  Truth be told, I haven’t found any artists in that community yet.  It would be nice!  So I went to sit in the museum grounds at a little white table and put my pochade box down.  One of the staff saw me come and sit down and she started calling to me, walking to me and I was thinking “I hope I’m allowed to paint, oh man!”.  She told me that the museum closes in an hour, so I was relieved and told her I would paint something really nice here.  I’ve visited the museum before, but never painted at the pond there, where it’s quite lovely and reminds me of something I would see back in Lambertville, NJ.

I already had a blue ground painted before, as sometimes I paint over previous paintings.  Nothing intentional, just something abstract and thought that this could be a great pond painting, something similar to Monet.

my little set-up before painting the scene

my little set-up before painting the scene

I just had two brushes and a few colors to mix. The composition was a bit complex and it’s good to simplify things. I wanted the white wall in the background, it was a great contrast to the colors of the roses and plants. There’s also just a hit of the pond in the foreground. I was painting rocks but its seemed to get lost in the dark underpainting, so I put some more foliage to cover them. I wanted to leave some of the pond, as the right part with its lush pink light, I wanted to keep that. But if I used the whole white wall in the piece, then you wouldn’t see the pond anymore. That would be sad. So now it becomes a but surreal as the white wall gives way to the pond. I like to make things interesting too. And the leaves in the pond were like a little Monet tribute, I’m glad I didn’t cover the pond.

how it looked an hour later...

how it looked an hour later…

When I got home, I added a few final touches to the roses, which were the hardest part. But I also wanted it to be the most colorful and thickest part. You need to have a point of interest and the roses were the stars of the show. And the final version is what you see in the first picture. A nice first day with my amazing pochade box!