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.
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