Silver in the Garden
Original oil painting, 12" x 12". Done from an inspiring photography in a book I received for Christmas, "Van Gogh's Gardens." All about the garden varieties and colors that inspired Vincent Van Gogh to paint his garden paintings.
Paired with my new year's resolution to paint more from emotion and color and less mechanically, I found a wonderful website called the Vincent Van Gogh Painting Project that describes the "fond brun" (rose/violet tinted) canvas surface that was typical in those days. I tinted my canvas in a similar fashion. It gave me instant gratification to paint on a surface that was beautiful before I stroked the brush. Small areas left uncovered show through with the wonderful pink/orange tint that I've so often wondered about in his paintings. Now I know !