Painting in the gardenPosted: May 18, 2016
It’s going to be a busy summer but one of the absolute highlights for me will be to join James Gurney, artist-in-residence, as well as over 20 plein air painters on June 19 at the New York Botanical Gardens for a Plein Air Invitational. The event is part of a summer-long exhibition Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas which will take place in many areas of the gardens from May 14 – September 11. In the art gallery you’ll find paintings and sculptures by American artists such as John Singer Sargent, Frederick Childe Hassam and William Merritt Chase. A walk through the gardens and conservatory will lead you to horticultural displays that have been inspired by the art. And throughout the day on June 19, you’ll find painters in different parts of the garden, capturing those magnificent displays. It’s a thrill and an honour to be part of this. If you happen to be in the New York vicinity on June 19th, drop by and say hi. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
In preparation for painting the gardens, I set up my easel at the pond in Baie d’Urfé this morning. My favourite maple is just starting to leaf out, and even though it was overcast when I got there, the sun came out just in time to paint the tree.