Saturday, August 8, 2009

A Few More Images

Melissa Miller and Jane Ryan painting at the Wentworth Coolidge Historic Site.

Plein Aire Painting Weekend

Today is the first day of the Plein Aire Painting weekend and lots of artists have showed up. Some are taking advantage of the beautiful view of the water and have set up next to the iconic anchor.

But many more have sought shade on such a beautiful day. This is Barbara Carr painting a view of the Wentworth Coolidge Mansion looking towards Little Harbor.

This is the painting that Jeannette Steele is working on.

Hannah Phelps and Linda Spaanenburg are set up underneath a tree also.

Dewitt Hardy ensconced himself right on the anchor!

Deb Claffey painted a closeup of a shrub on the property- reminiscent of her studio work.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Placing a New Sculpture

I purchased a sculpture from Lotus Lien a few months ago and finally placed it. Placement of sculpture in a garden can be trickier than placing it in your home. The backdrop is constantly changing.

I always think of what my favorite garden writer, Henry Mitchell, said about sculpture in the garden- "It is not a team player." It can easily dominate the planting or even worse- it looks like gilding the lily. Sometimes too much is just too much.

I had a spot in mind but it quickly became apparent how wrong it was. There was no mystery to the placement. It just looked plonked down and didn't relate to any of the plants around it. So I looked for a spot where there was low growing plants. It also seemed to fare better with smaller leaved plants- so that the large orbs contrasted with their delicacy.

This is the sculpture's final spot. It is a little hidden behind a spirea so that you have to sneak up on the sculpture. Its large round forms in shades of gray and terracotta provide relief from all the green and flowers without overwhelming them. It makes me smile every time I see it.
For those who might be wondering- this sculpture cannot stay out year round. It will be moved inside once the weather drops to freezing.