I've spent the last few days working on this painting for an upcoming exhibit in Sarasota. The exhibit will feature the flowers and gardens of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, a beautiful tropical museum located on the water in downtown Sarasota. Last week I visited the museum and took a lot of pictures for references. Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to paint there on site. At home, I found it really difficult to decide which scene to paint as there are some incredible vistas of banyan trees, ficus trees, old oaks dripping with Spanish Moss, Indian cotton silks, etc. etc. Some of the backdrops in the gardens included Sarasota Bay and the old historic mansion, which added to my dilemma of what scene to paint. I finally decided to paint the butterfly garden, since it was so full of a profusion of incredible colors. With the hollyhocks in bloom, I thought it would be fun to add the child in the foreground, looking over her shoulder at the butterflies. Hopefully the contrast between her small stature and the height of those huge hollyhocks will read to the viewer. I'd love some feedback on this one.
This painting will not be for sale until after the close of the exhibit. Please click on the painting if you wish to see more detail.