Botanical Garden 38… river’s edge

river’s edge

Botanical Garden 38... river's edge; 9x12, Graphite

Botanical Garden 38… river’s edge
9×12, Graphite

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a stroll in the garden; a walk in the woods

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I hope you enjoy this. I haven’t been feeling well lately so  I took some time off and put this together. I like the singer and the song is just too perfect not to use. This represents my work from the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. I plan on at least 50 more from this wonderful place.

Botanical Garden 36

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Botanical Garden 36… Feeder for the Beaver Pond

As I walked upstream from the Beaver Pond at the Botanical Garden I wanted to stop and take a look back downstream.

Botanical Garden 36... Beaver Pond Feeder Creek 9x12 Watercolor and Graphite

Botanical Garden 36… Beaver Pond Feeder Creek
9×12 Watercolor and Graphite

Botanical Garden 36 drawing 9x12, graphite

Botanical Garden 36 drawing
9×12, graphite

I’ve been thinking about where and how to move on to the next with my work. Generally, I like to have an idea what direction I want to move in and just enjoy the journey to where end up. It’s fun to allow each drawing to lead you onto the next, each painting pushing on to new discoveries.

I want to take the next works I produce and seek to further refine my process, more intimately engage my vision. I’ve been seeking to find a part of each work that becomes the focus. What part of the landscape draws me forward. I want to express the why I return time and again to the land.

David Brooks writes in the New York Times, January 15, 2016 Op-Ed Page When Beauty Strikes

In fact, artists have their biggest social impact when they achieve it obliquely. If true racial reconciliation is achieved in this country, it will be through the kind of deep spiritual and emotional understanding that art can foster. You change the world by changing peoples’ hearts and imaginations.

Botanical Garden 35

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Botanical Garden 35… beaver pond in winter

It was a cool overcast day on January 8th 2016 when I made it down to the beaver pond again.

Botanical Garden 35... beaver pond in winter 9x12, mixed media (charcoal, gouache and watercolor)

Botanical Garden 35… beaver pond in winter
9×12, mixed media (charcoal, gouache and watercolor)
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Botanical Garden 35... beaver pond in winter steps one and two 9x12, charcoal

Botanical Garden 35… beaver pond in winter
steps one and two… 9×12, charcoal

I began this painting with a general toning with powdered charcoal and then began to erase out the highlights around drawing done with vine charcoal. Once the drawing was done, I brushed on the gum arabic and water mixture as fixative. I allowed the painting to dry overnight then using kneaded and plastic erasers to further lift out the highlights. When I work up a painting this way I’ve found it best to use opaque watercolors such as Bismuth Yellow, Mineral Violet, Manganese Blue, Cadmium Orange, Zinc White, and Yellow Ocher.

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Dance 12, the hidden language …(mixed media)

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Dance 12, the hidden language …graphite and aqueous acrylic

Dance 12 is a leap caught in a moment. When I begin to compose my drawings for these paintings I always like to leave some part of the figure off the page. It’s like there is more than can be constrained by the limits of the surface I paint upon.

“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.”

Agnes de Mille

Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.

Alvin Ailey

Dance 12, the hidden language 8×11, graphite and aqueous acrylic

Dance 12, the hidden language
8×11, graphite and aqueous acrylic
You may purchase Dance 12, the hidden language for $50 here

Botanical Garden 34… more pansies

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More Pansies

This painting began on toned paper. All the drawing and painting was done using a Simmons 1/2″ flat brush. I have always the loved the versatility of the humble flat.

Botanical Garden 34... more pansies 8x8 on acid free cardstock, aqueous acrylic

Botanical Garden 34… more pansies
8×8 on acid free cardstock, aqueous acrylic
You may purchase Botanical Garden 34 for $100 here

32 Botanical Garden… Pansies

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Pansies the bravest flower

I have loved Pansies for the color and texture they bring to the winter landscape. I’ve seen the flowers completely encased after a North Georgia ice storm only to return to full glory the next day and that’s why I call the the bravest of flowers.

I’m continuing with the small format paintings for the close up view they can afford and the freedom to experiment they allow. This painting began with a very loose drawing in gel pin on saturated paper. As the paper dries passes of color were added. When work in this scale I find it helpful to have 2 or more paintings going on at the same time so you are able to move back and forth between them. My next session will deal with the same subject, allowing each to influence the others.

Botanical Garden 32... Pansies 4x6, watercolor

Botanical Garden 32… Pansies
4×6, watercolor
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Botanical Garden 26… Florida Sunshine Anise

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Florida Sunshine Anise… Illicium parviflorum

This is a plant to brighten up and bring color to our winter. Winters in the Piedmont are a mixture of browns, bronzes and grays. Florida Sunshine Anise can be a glory this time of year. Its yellow leaves can rival any flower any time of the year. Native to the Coastal Plain’s deepest reaches of southern Georgia and northern Florida. The Sunshine Anise is relatively rare in nature but fortunately because of its beauty in the winter landscape it has come under cultivation finding use in our landscape.

Botanical Garden 26... Sunshine Anise 4x6, mixed media (watercolor and ink)

Botanical Garden 26… Sunshine Anise
4×6, mixed media (watercolor and ink)
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Botanical Garden 25… bright spots in the shade

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I have a new gallery website on Daily Paintworks at richardhustonartist.com where you can find many of my paintings for sale.

… bright spots in the shade

Bright moments of color among the browns, siennas, and grays of our Piedmont autumns and winters. Long one of my favorite flowers the camellia presents some definite challenges in painting. It certainly brightens up the shade garden.

Botanical Garden 25... bright spots in the shade 9x12, watercolor

Botanical Garden 25… bright spots in the shade
9×12, watercolor
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I’m creating a new video based on my paintings and photographs from the Botanical Garden. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Botanical Garden 31…River Cane (Arundinaria)

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down in the cane break

Along the river bottoms and moister areas up hill you’ll find River Cane the only bamboo native to the Eastern United States. It was a very important plant to Native American populations used to build houses, weapons and as food for themselves and wildlife. After the arrival of Europeans it became progressively less important as development and newer technologies took over. Now it is found in isolated patches or cane breaks. I found this small break growing along the Oconee River.

River Cane... Arundinaria 11x15, mixed media (watercolor and charcoal)

River Cane… Arundinaria
11×15, mixed media (watercolor and charcoal)
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Botanical Garden 30… Camellia’s Promise

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late October and the Camellias ready to bloom

I’m working on refining my process and that’s what Botanical Garden 30… Camellia’s Promise is about. I rarely take the time to fully develop the drawing before starting to paint. In a lot of ways my spontaneity, vision and composition have begun to suffer. The more I feel and understand my subject and how to represent it visually the better, more spontaneous and direct the painting becomes.

Botanical Garden 30... Camellia's Promise 9x12, mixed media ( watercolor and gouache)

Botanical Garden 30… Camellia’s Promise
9×12, mixed media ( watercolor and gouache)

 

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It is much easier, once you become intimately familiar with your subject to work with color and value.

I exaggerated the value contrast during the painting but still remained true to the drawing and shapes. Working this way I become more aware of shape.

Botanical Garden 30 (value comparison) the painting and value study together

Botanical Garden 30 (value comparison)
the painting and value study together

 

How I got there

Botanical Garden 24… Georgia Aster

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Late Autumn Asters

One the last bloomers in to the fall is the Georgia Aster (Symphyotrichum georgianum).

Botanical Garden 24... Asters 10x10, mixed media (watercolor and charcoal)

Botanical Garden 24…Georgia Aster (Symphyotrichum georgianum)
10×10, mixed media (watercolor and charcoal) ©Richard Huston Art

A sun loving plant, Georgia aster was once widespread across southeastern meadows and prairies, but is rare today because of habitat destruction and wildfire suppression. As the natural succession from field to forest progresses in meadows where Georgia aster grows, it can compete well for resources until it begins to be shaded out by woody plants. Georgia aster is endemic to (i.e. occurs only in) a total of about 34 counties in Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas. Disjunct populations have been reported in Leon County, Florida and possibly in Louisiana. Georgia aster’s rarity rank in Georgia is S2, meaning it is imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction. Its legal status in Georgia is threatened, meaning that it is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future. It is currently a candidate for federal legal status.

from the Georgia Native Plant Society’s page on the Georgia Aster 
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