Wisteria at Wisley: the finished painting

Wisteria at Wisley

We haven’t been able to visit the RHS gardens at Wisley ever since lockdown began. It was a favourite place and we miss going there. Hopefully as things ease they may reopen, although how social distancing will be organised, remains to be seen

Doing this painting reminded me of happier times. We have stood here enough times in the loggia if that is the term, looking through the wisteria along the canal to the laboratory, which is an uninspiring name for the splendid mock-Tudor building in the background

Flowers and foliage are not my strong point. I had to look up how to paint wisteria. I used ultramarine violet, and then dark mauve for the deeper colours. I also dropped some quinacradone gold in here and there for the tips of the flowers. That has a name which botanists will know

The leaves were built up with a succession of colours. Sunlight streamed through in places and cadmium yellow suited that. I used Sap Green mixed with Lemon and finally Olive green for the leaves in shadow

Anyway I think it came close to the photograph, but as always I will leave others to judge

Just to finish off, I have been having a remarkable number of sales, all online obviously. I think this must be the lockdown factor

Ferry across the Bosphorus sold this week and was shipped today in fact, bringing my total to four since January. Chicken feed to many artists I know but significant for me.

Ferry Crossing the Bosphorus



Now gone and missed already

4 thoughts on “Wisteria at Wisley: the finished painting

  1. You got the colour of wisteria right! I had been puzzled by the increase of sales during lockdown, until a friend pointed out to me that a)people have more time b)people are not commuting (so that leads to more time and more money) so c) people are looking at nice art work instead of the same 4 walls Well done on your sales. I find sales very motivating!

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  2. Thanks Emma
    Yes it must be the lockdown factor. I am very pleased with the result anyway, especially as all local shows are off. Compared with many artists, very small beer indeed, but compared with what i usually do, an enormous increase, so grateful
    Hope you’re continuing to improve
    David

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