Only the little sunflower adorning my table at breakfast was a little beat up and missing some petals on the left side. That gave it character and made it interesting to paint.
watercolor pen & ink on paper 5.5X8.5
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
This event was suggested by NJ Urban Sketcher - Helena Sarin
THE GARDEN AT FEDERAL TWIST
HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ
The Garden Conservancy is a national organization dedicated to saving and sharing America's outstanding gardens for the education and inspiration of the public. Spectacular gardens all over the US are open to the public for brief periods.
The Garden at Federal Twist will be open this Saturday and should not be missed. The garden is only available for viewing two times each year!
"The garden is hidden. You enter through the house, where you first glimpse the landscape, a sunny glade in the woods, through a wall of large windows. Featuring many large perennials and grasses that evoke an "Alice in Wonderland" feeling (many plants are taller than you), the garden is in the tradition of such “new perennial” designers as Piet Oudolf. Visitors have described it as a highly emotional garden. Plantings emphasize structure, shape, and form as much as flower."
The garden was recently featured in the New York Times, Horticulture magazine, and the book, Gardens of the Garden State.
Where: 208 Federal Twist Road, Stockton, NJ
When: Starting time: 10 a.m. Delayed or sleeping late? Come anyway you'll easily find us.
Lunch: Bring your own - we'll eat picnic style. Bring a stool - it makes sketching easier and gives you options.
1) Admission to this garden is $7.
2) Bring a stool or a folding chair - it makes sketching easier and gives you options.
Directions: From the New York City area, take I-78. Take Exit 29 for I-287 toward Route 206/Route 202/Morristown/Somerville. Keep left at the fork and continue onto I-287 South for about 4 miles. Take Exit 17 onto Route 202 and continue to Flemington (about 19 miles). At the traffic circle, continue to the opposite side, and continue on Route 202 (about 10.8 miles) to the last exit in New Jersey, to Lambertville and Route29. At the foot of the exit, turn left, then at the bottom of the exit, turn right onto Route 29/River Road/Daniel Bray Highway. Continue north, passing through the village of Stockton, for a total of 5.1 miles from Lambertville. On the right is a large sign for Hidden Valley Nursery. Federal Twist Road is immediately past the sign. Turn right and drive up Federal Twist Road 2.9 miles to #208. Park on the right side of the road (the house side), taking care to leave the left lane open.
From western Philadelphia suburbs, take the I-276 East/Pennsylvania Turnpike east to Exit 343. Exit on Route 611 North toward Doylestown. In about 10 miles, exit onto Route 202N/New Hope. In about 10 miles, continue on Route 202 past New Hope, and cross toll bridge over Delaware River, exiting immediately on the New Jersey side toward Lambertville. At the foot of the exit, turn left onto Route 29 N/River Road/Daniel Bray Highway. Proceed as directed above.
From northern New Jersey or the Hudson River Valley, take I-287 south, take Exit 17 onto Route 202 and continue to Flemington (about 19 miles), at the traffic circle continue to the opposite side, and continue on Route 202 (about 10.8 miles) to the last exit in New Jersey, to Lambertville and Route 29. At the foot of the exit, turn left, then at the bottom of the exit, turn right onto Route 29/River Road/Daniel Bray Highway. Proceed as directed above.
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Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128
There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome
Monday, October 5, 2015
It is a cold and blustery day on Friday and I was thinking about Hurricane/Tropical Storm Joaquin, whether it would hit us or not (at that moment we did not know if it was going to hit NJ). I have not painted in a while and this was done without photo reference, visual reference or under drawing. I just. . .painted, thinking about the storm. I love using Daniel Smith deep apatite blue for dark stormy skies. It is such a neat and powerful color.
Watercolor on 200lbs paper 14x10
Watercolor on 200lbs paper 14x10