I may not quite have the gardens of Monet, but I do like working on my own perennial gardens. One of the benefits is having a good painting subject close by. This is my third spring in this house, and I have been making some changes each year to make it my own. This is the first spring where the garden is starting to feel like my own.
Today I was working in the studio, hiding from intermittent rain. After a few hours of productive work, I could feel the risk of bad painting close at hand. I don’t know if i was getting tired, or frustrated, or what, but I was doing some stupid things to my paintings, so I decided to just get outside, do some yard work, and get a change of scenery. The garden looks better for it, and I think my paintings may also be better off for it.