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Garden Sentries  18" X 30" | by Bev Morgan
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Garden Sentries 18" X 30"

Watercolour on 140 lb. Arches cold press.

This is one of my largest watercolours. I should have stretched the paper before hand but instead just wet both sides, plunked it down on a large sheet of gator board and worked on it without even taping it down. I was very lucky that it did not curl too much and after pressing it under some very large books it flattened very nicely.

I remember hollyhocks growing profusely in our garden in England when I was a child, so painting this was like a trip down memory lane. They do grow here in Canada, but not nearly to the same degree. They are a nostalgic flower for me and this was a long but very enjoyable exercise in dealing with that nostalgia.

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Taken on August 16, 2011