koi fish in a informal garden

Fun with Paint

It’s not all work around here — I paint whenever there’s opportunity to do so. Here’s one recently completed painting. The inspiration was from photos I took in one of the many gardens at Huntington Library. If you’re ever in San Marino, California, this should be on your tour; the main building features the permanent art collection, the best known of which is The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough. I always wondered what the big deal was about this particular painting until I saw it “in person.” The brush strokes on the blue satin attire are amazing; this never seems to show in photographs I’ve seen of the work in question.