Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Perfect Day at the Dallas Arboretum

This morning we arrived with friends at the gates of the Dallas Arboretum at 9 am sharp. The sun was striking the flowers at the perfect angle, the park was not yet crowded, and a cool breeze was blowing.

Dallas has not yet had its famous hundred degree days yet, so mother nature is celebrating with blooms in every color you can imagine.

I am completely and unreservedly infatuated with hydrangeas. Their blossoms sparkle with all the colors of the rainbow. The Arboretum had thousands. My friends were very patient while I snapped twenty dozen photos of them.

White Rock Lake borders the Arboretum and gives every plein air painter the perfect backdrop for a day of landscape painting.

In California, the thistles are the size of a man's fist. They grew along the highways like weeds. I was forever stopping on busy intersections and cutting stems from these bristley plants to carry back to my studio. In Texas they are just as prolific, and these Arboretum beauties were the largest I've seen since moving to Dallas.

This exotic hibiscus was about 12 inches in diameter. It was a rather bodacious bloomer compared with the demure lavender flowers surrounding it.

Garden Path
Oil on Canvas

Thanks for joining me for another day at the Arboretum. I can't imagine anything that would have made this a more perfect visit, except maybe of course if there were a pastry shop on the grounds that served raspberry cheese danish hot out of the oven. Have a wonderful week of painting dear friends.


Arcobaleno said...

what a beautiful flowers!!! Nature is so your paints!! good night from Roma!!

Unknown said...

Graci Roma!

Unknown said...

I think my blood pressure always goes down several points when I come to visit your beautiful blog Nancy.

I've been "doodling" since elementary school. I started sketching people like the teachers in High School. HUGS!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Your flowers are so fantastic.
We love looking at them too.
Even weeds have their own beauty- and thistles too
thank you for sharring the beauty you see

Manon said...

Hi Nancy,
Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics! The flowers are so gorgeous and I don't blame you for taking a ton of photos! said...
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Hi Nancy, beautiful flowers. I know you will do them justice in your paintings. By the way cute hat.

Archie and Melissa said...

hi nancy!
oh what a beautiful day! we sish we could have gone with you!
m & ep

Unknown said...

Sheila, I hope you didn't get in trouble in school for doodling, look what a great talent you have had your whole life!

TweedlePuggy, thank you for sharing pictures of your woodland home. Annie wants to take the bus to the TweedleZone but I told her she has to stay home and boss her brothers.

Manon and Joan, thank you for your kind words - I started painting the hydrangeas last night and can't wait to get home to my studio tonight to finish them. I promise to post them soon!

Melissa, I wish you and EmmyPants could have come, too. You know, if they let pugs into the Arboretum, it would be like heaven on earth.

Jean Levert Hood said...

What glorious photos! What a day that must have been, surrounded by that beauty! and, a wonderful painting!

Hugs to the pugs!

A New England Life said...

I'm loving the flower photos. Hydrangea's are one of my favorites too Nancy. As a matter of fact we just bought a new blue one called Endless Summer that is supposed to bloom all summer long. It's right in the front garden.

I also like the thistle's! And your beautiful painting of course ; )