Three Sisters at the pool

Descanso Gardens changes by the season, the day, sometimes by the minute. Especially when the morning sun is weaving and dodging through the dense canopy of oak trees. Yesterday I was so captivated by the morning light that I spent the first hour there shooting photos for reference. In the Japanese garden, one of my favorite areas, the light was changing so rapidly that even ten minutes might highlight a plant that had been in deep shade before. Not even enough time for a wash to dry before it utterly changed. When the light is steady – either full sun or full shade – this is not so much of a problem unless there are moving clouds. Take a look at a time lapse movie and the challenge of changing light will become readily apparent.
I tried cropping this differently, and I think I like it better.

Watercolor in a Canson Montval 7 x 10 watercolor field book


  1. Lin
    April 20, 2006

    BEAUTIFUL watercolor, Karen — and I very much appreciate your comments. Again you raise the
    question — what is the truth in the painting? LOVE how you too are exploring the question!

  2. Ulla
    April 21, 2006

    The colors are lovely here, and I love the reflections…

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