Last fall I was commissioned to paint a scene of a beautiful private garden in Beverly Hills. The centerpiece of the garden’s design is a 60-year-old Sevillano olive tree transplanted from central California. The garden’s orientation and design suggested a late morning scene would be most interesting, though I visited the property at mid-day, and in the afternoon just to be certain.
A morning marine-layer dulled the garden’s effect on my first visit. Still, I made several pencil sketches and on two following visits witnessed how sunshine made the garden sparkle. From the series of pencil and pen & ink sketches created I selected the most evocative views to complete two preliminary paintings, from which one view was selected for a larger, final painting of this serene Mediterranean-style garden.
pastel, 16 x 22
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