After working at my own plot early this morning, I did a sketch of my friend Eric P.'s garden, which is one of my favorites in our community garden. I'm fortunate that he is my garden neighbor so I can watch the constantly changing pattern of blooming. He's a landscape designer, and it shows!
What really impresses me about this garden is its dramatic sculptural quality. I did a charcoal sketch of the forms last year, but this is my first attempt with color. I'll do some more and eventually, I hope, get somewhere close to the beauty of the scene in real life.
Below is the sketch as it was when I stopped working on it outdoors: a pencil drawing with light watercolor washes. The painting at the top of the post was finished this afternoon in the studio.
It's a complicated proposition, and a fun challenge. What I want to do is to convey the identity of some of the various plants -- their "growth signature," while also simplifying the scene a lot more to help the overall play of forms come through. Here, everything is competign with everythign else. It's really hard! I think going back with charcoal might be a good idea, and then when the forms and values are more established in my head, to try again with watercolor.