Garden Symphony- 16 x 20 – pastel

Glittering Garden

Glittering Garden – 16 x 20 – pastel

I had made a trip to Gibbs Gardens, in Ball Ground, GA with a couple of girlfriends right before the leaves disappeared for the winter. Gibbs Gardens, a 220 acre residential gardens with streams and ponds and bridge crossings with hundreds of varieties of plants has the north Georgia mountain views in the background.  Knowing this place was a landscape artists dream, I took many reference photos.

I came across a few pieces of Gatorboard that I had previously applied gesso and fine pumice gel. Since they were already cut and prepared, I was ready to go.

I started off with a pencil sketch on the prepared surface. Garden symphony series 5

Then, referring to my value study and reference photo, I painted the scene in gouache right on top.

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This gouache underpainting would be a perfect 1st layer to capture the light gleaming through the leaves.


After drying, I skimmed soft pastels on top. Garden symphony series 6



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