Thursday, September 4, 2008

Spring en plein air

There are probably a 101 things I should've been doing, but I went and sat in the shade of the lemon tree and painted the Yesterday Today and Tomorrow bush (the flowers in yesterday's post), and the plum tree in blossom, with my little shoe-box studio behind it - en plein air! It was a glorious day to be outside, but as I type this I am remembering a few of those things to do... uh-oh...
Just saw this is my 100th post - gosh!

9 comments:

Gillian said...

Hmmm - I'd love to sit there with you! This is so pretty and a wonderful celebration of new life!
Go check out Facebook, Huw added a few more of Jesse there... Such a cutie.

Ramblingroses said...

Cath I can just smell the heady scents and touch the blessing of spring.........thank you

laura said...

Probably to be an artist you have to be able not to listen to "should"--so, good job! I admire the way you built the subject up, one brushstroke at a time (I could never ...) and so thoughtfully, varying the greens and leaving white.

Vivienne said...

This is what you "should " be doing. Thanks for 100 delightful additions to my days, and 100 very special touches from your life so far away. The Spring corner of your garden is familiar and delightful. Much love.

Cathy Gatland said...

GP - it would be nice to sit with you under the lemon tree...should be a song in there... isn't Jesse beautiful?

Hi Jill - always think of you in the garden, especially when the roses come out - and of course on Friday morning!

Laura, sometimes the shoulds become 'have to's! - I'm always uncertain how to begin en plein air, so one brushstroke at a time is the only way I know how!

Thanks VP - Liked a quote I read on Jana's blog - 'these are your declining years so you can jolly well decline to do whatever you feel like!' - or to that effect (only the author, Peg, was 80-something)

Barbara Weeks said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. It's a beautiful one! Never mind the "to dos" celebrate!

Katherine Tyrrell said...

What a gorgous painting - sometimes the really important things - like painting like this - have to come first!

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks so much, Barbara, and Katherine - you are quite right - and the painting and it's memory lasts so much longer than clean laundry!

laureline said...

I love, love, love the whites you've kept here---this painting is so fresh and sparkling. Just beautiful.