Sunny Daze

Detail from Sunny Daze Oil Painting by Karen LaFontaine
Detail from Sunny Daze an oil painting in progress by Karen LaFontaine

As Garden Photographer

Our erratic spring weather makes March a tricky month in Georgia. One day, it trends warm and sunny, and we all enjoy temperatures above seventy degrees. And, quick as a wink, an overnight thunderstorm will reset the weather for grey, cold days with temperatures in the forties.

This is truly challenging, especially for me, in my role as a garden photographer. Cold, rainy spells keep me indoors. Warm, sunny afternoons allow my family to enjoy our backyard – and most especially our garden! My garden truly inspires me to paint!

With my camera in hand, I venture forth to explore the blessed spring arrivals resulting from many fall seasons of planting. I do not have to go far from my front door to enjoy this spring’s daffodils! Brilliant flowers, blooming in varied shades of yellow, simply glow in the warm sunshine. I get low to the ground, and snap photographs from all angles. These cheerful flowers shimmer, and wave to greet me in the breeze. They are as brilliant as the sun itself. A true study in gold, yellow and white! Such a delight!

Next, a wonderful surprise! I discover a few, very early tulips have braved this month’s temperamental weather, and they have opened their deeply colored, brilliant orange petals. Reminiscent of my painting, Tulip Garden Treasure, these early tulips also sport wonderful, geometric patterns deep inside gold-rimmed petals! From a bird’s eye view, snap, snap, snap goes my camera! I am delighted, excited!

My attention is diverted by my sweet beagle boy. He stands at my side, on his leash, and he indicates he is bored with garden photography. He pulls me in the direction of our backyard where he wants to run off leash. I snap a few parting shots of my wonderful spring flowers, and I relent. It is time to explore the backyard and its gardens too.

Making our way through our fence gate, my furry companion and I pass a clematis vine in our shaded side yard, still dormant on its trellis. These magical, purple flowers are still many weeks away…

My clematis flowers are a summer season event, and that is perfectly okay. While I look ahead to the arrival of these summer flowers, today, I enjoy painting clematis blooms at my easel, enjoying memories from summers past.

Sunny Daze by Karen LaFontaine
Sunny Daze 11 x 14 inches oil on linen panel

Thank you for visiting with me in my Artist’s Journal, On The Easel. I love sharing one of my many garden photography sessions that inspire my paintings with you! Currently, On The Easel, the beginning of a new painting featuring purple clematis blooms, entitled, Sunny Daze. (Article image, detail from Sunny Daze, 11 inches by 14 inches, oil on linen panel).

Be well, Karen LaFontaine

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Detail from Oil Painting Sunny Daze by Karen LaFontaine
The beginning of Sunny Daze in March 2021 by Karen LaFontaine

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