Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Conservatory Garden, Central Park

Here's my latest work, just finished yesterday. It's from the Conservatory Garden, Central Park's only formal garden. Although I'm a frequent visitor to the Park - and knew that the Conservatory Garden was among its most beautiful spots - this was the first time I had wandered up into that northeastern corner. I was not disappointed. Even at this point in the season, on the cusp of autumn, I was amazed at the number of flowers still blooming, particularly the butterfly bushes, which were attracting both butterflies and hummingbirds. Indeed, when I first walked into one of the paths full of blooming flowers, a pair of hummingbirds buzzed by and around me, chasing each other. This image was part of a bronze statue/fountain that attracted many birds - as well as other photographers and artists. I think the Conservatory Garden is going to be one of my new favorite places in Central Park, and I look forward to observing its metamorphosis through the changing seasons. There are several other fountains as well as a beautiful iron gate - usually called the "Vanderbilt Gate," because it had once graced the entrance to one of the city's Vanderbilt mansions. Fountain, Conservatory Garden. Watercolor, pen and ink, on Fabriano paper, 9" x 12".

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1 comment:

One Wink at a Time said...

Oooooh, Brian, this is very striking and I love the statue and the dark outlines in the background. At first, honestly, my eyes balked (is that one of them there onomatopoeia things?) at the choices of greens but at second look, it felt better. I want to learn from you. Please tell me how you chose the background greens. My eyes are not as educated as yours.