|Blazing Glory 11x11cm acrylic on board ©2012LisaLeQuelenec|
In my garden I have a little collection of trees, most of them are in pots to contain their size and they grow happily enough. Amongst the collection are acers (Japanese maples), an olive, a lemon, a eucalyptus, an acacia, and the latest - a lovely gingko that His Nibbs treated me to for my birthday. I find the different leaf shapes and textures of the barks and colours inspiring. Each tree has it's own time in the spotlight whilst the others wait to take their turn. At this time of year the acers really come into their own glowing like jewels.
The painting below isn't of my garden (I wish!) it from a place called Hillier's Arboretum in Hampshire where His Nibbs and I went for a visit. It's magical at this time of year. My treasure bag of beautiful leaves was full to the brim. It's most definitely worth a visit if you are in the area and whether you stop to sketch or not can take up a whole day.
Despite the specimens that I picked up that day it's the acer leaf from my garden that I decided to paint.
|The pond at Hillier's Arboretum ©2012LisaLeQuelenec|