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Temple of Love – Huntington Gardens – plein air

October 24th, 2007

“Temple of Love” – 8 x 10 – oil

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This little painting was painted plein air style at Huntington Gardens early one morning. The sun was climbing rapidly so I concentrated on painting the “temple of love” first, while the light bounced warmly inside the classical structure. Then, I worked on the foreground and background trees and finally the grass, which didn’t change appreciably. I don’t know the species of the large tree but it is not a weeping willow. I’d say it looks like it’s in the juniper family, and although I looked for a plant marker I didn’t find one. Maybe some horticultural expert who knows the Huntington plants can enlighten me? There is such a plant as a Tolleson’s weeping juniper, but it supposedly only grows to 30 feet and this one was much larger.

Anyway, back to the plein air part. I’ve been using a glass palette these past few weeks and although I’m a little concerned about its fragility in the field, I really like the ability to clean it quickly with a glass scraper and have a fresh area to mix in. I use a Masterson’s box to transport my palette and to keep it airtight between painting sessions, so the paint does stay fairly moist.

I think I have just outted myself as both a plant geek and a paint geek. Sad, isn’t it? (grin)

2 Comments »

  1. A plant and paint geek? We could have guessed that, Karen. Smirk. How about seven more random facts?
    Tag! http://thefridgedoor.blogspot.com/2007/10/tagged.html

    Comment by Wendee — October 25, 2007 @ 11:09 am
  2. ummm MAJOR smartie man i love the painting
    yyour not a geek
    just gifted

    Comment by gifted — July 9, 2008 @ 1:41 am

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