Inspired by the afternoon sunshine, this view is one of the many paths I’ve created in my garden that provides me with the centering and calmness so necessary in my life. After spending time walking these paths, my life’s journey makes sense.
I love sharing my garden with others, whether in paintings or on the many garden tours I have given.
This view of Northport Harbor is inspired by my personal friend’s garden which she tends on a terraced piece of land overlooking the activities of the harbor. Filled to the brim with joyous black-eyed susans and phlox her garden screams of summer sunshine.
Initially, I began this painting with the little girls looking out through a gated arbor. As I progressed with the painting I decided to remove the gate and create this feeling of optimism and unlimited future for these little girls as they look out on the possibilities of life beyond their safe and beautiful enclosed garden.
Living and working in Northport is the dream come true for me. I grew up around water and still find it a necessary part of my centering. The harbor in Northport changes endlessly with the seasons and time of day. I visit it constantly to be renewed watching the tides and seasons change, the ebb and flow of life.
As a special note, my hubby & I tied the knot in the gazebo at the end of the long pier with the little orange roof. We both happily still visit that spot regularly & smile together with our memories.
A special friend and gardener grows these lovely irises in her front garden. In this painting, I’ve borrowed them and placed them in a meadow landscape. I always love the sensuous folds of irises which remind me of ballerina skirts twirling in the sun.
Perhaps you have a bouquet you want to remember or you’ve hybridized your own new floral creation, I would love to help you by creating a painting of this treasure.