Garden Delights

by Judy on July 7, 2015

Several years ago, I painted a friend’s garden. It was one that got away, but my grandson remembered it from a note card he had. I finally found an old photo of the painting, no digital files at the time. I scanned it into my computer and used it for reference, along with other photos from this year’s garden. Like many other paintings, I don’t let it go, until it is actually taken out of the studio by the recipient.


Even though the format is larger and color brighter, the painting is similar. I’ve enjoyed the journey in the garden of memories and painted every stroke with love.

This is the original painting……..


The next three photos are from the beginning to end of the second painting….


BEGIN3That’s me painting 🙂


And this is the final painting my grandson has now.


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Here are some of the paintings on display at St. James Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas….

DSC_0815“Hibiscus and Hummies” 48″ x 24″ watercolor

IMG_4141“Cynthia’s Garden”, 22″ x 15″ watercolor


 “Sun Worshipers”, 30″ x 40″ acrylic

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA“Summer Hums”, 22″ x 30″ watercolor

sc00006c69“Early Risers”, 29-1/2″ x 41″ acrylic


“Temptress”, 22″ x 30″ watercolor

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