Friday, January 9, 2009

Breezy Day at the Dallas Arboretum

Arboretum Dreamer Hydrangea

I love how a bright underpainting can show through in unexpected places and give your work a little bit of life. Looking at it now, I think I should have used a warmer background color, what do you think?

I spent today at the Dallas Arboretum with my artsy friend Nancy. It was a good day for taking pictures - a storm was blowing over, the clouds were whipping by, and the sun kept streaking through them. Sorry, Nancy, for getting us lost on the way home. Poor thing, someone should have warned her about my driving!

These koi were very excited about all the visitors -
I think they were waiting for manna from heaven!

The water gardens are amazing, it was so warm today I had
thoughts of stepping into that nice cool downpour...

Texas is famous for its crepe myrtles, and the ones at
the Arboretum are beautiful, even without their blooms.

Check out this tiny little cottage with a thatched roof.
They even had tiny little people to go with it!


Unknown said...

This is so cute! I hope you are going to paint it!

Patty said...

Ah, a warm breeze and blue skies! The stuff of myth here in Nebraska. Thanks for sharing-

The Muse said...

Looks like a fabulous outing:)

In the painting...I do see what you are referring to as far as background...however, as stands most lovely :)

Donna said...

Looks like a fun day. I enjoy visiting arboretums. Crepe Myrtles are everywhere in NC too, and I love their beautiful bark.

I think your painting is lovely just the way it is.

Archie and Melissa said...

hi nancy!
i love your painting! i always learn so much from you. it looks like you two had a wonderful day!
m & ep

Linda Blondheim said...

What a beautiful place. Love the painting and that cottage is too wonderful!

Jean Levert Hood said...

I love to tone with Gamblin's transparent orange! Great pics of the Arboretum, and lovely painting, Nancy. Wouldn't change a thing!

tlwest said...

what a wonderful place- it oozes creativity!