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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gardens & Parks, Camellia House Sketches by Joan Tavolott

Happy Spring!!!

Since today marked the beginning of spring I decided I had to see some flowers. The Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay has a Camellia House and the flowers usually bloom from February into March. I had hoped to get there earlier, but every time I planned to go it snowed, and then I was away. Although many of the camellias were past their prime there were still some lovely ones to sketch...enough that I'll treat you to more tomorrow. I really loved the pink/red ones and these are two different varieties. It was warm enough in the greenhouse that they had the side doors open, so while I sketched I had a nice breeze and the sun was shining through the glass of the greenhouse. I debated about sketching outside too, but it was a little too damp and chilly, so I'm glad I had the indoors instead. These were done directly in watercolor without any pencil sketching.


18 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I miss my Camelia trees. We had 3 many years ago. They bloomed beautifully. Your work is excellent Joan. Great job.

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    1. Thank you. The camellia trees there were so pretty. What colors were your blossoms?

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  2. Beautiful flowers and beautiful paintings too.

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful place to visit - love your painting, these flowers are gorgeous :-)

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    1. I've been there before when the camellias were blooming, so I really wanted to get there. I'm glad I was able to sketch them. Thanks!

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  4. I am so impressed, wow, just paint!! So beautiful, Joan!! Wow!!

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. I try every once in a while to ditch the pencil, but it is sort of attached to my hand. lol

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  5. These are so lovely, Joan. Thank you!

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  6. lovely ! pink florals are always my favorite.

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  7. Happy spring joan! Wow thanks for the treat! These are beautiful!

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  8. Joan, your camellias are superb, so beautiful and you have painted them excellent! Wow! What is next when the summer is here (there):)

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  9. Thanks Margaret, Kat, Elisa, and Sirkka!

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  10. Wonderful watercolor sketches Joan!

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  11. Gorgeous camellias, very expertly painted.

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    1. Thanks. Flowers used to scare me...not I will paint anything. lol

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  12. Beautiful flowers! I just started using a pencil more often. Before I just painted and if I needed a bit of detail at the end I added it with permanent fine point pens.

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    1. Thank you, Penny. I usually sketch in pencil first especially if there is anything architectural. I do like to challenge myself once in a while and go pencils and eraser less. lol

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