Gianne de Genevraye
To learn more about Gianne please visit her website www.gianneharper.com
St. Ives, England
My residency there was a short two weeks. I discovered that most of the artists in this famous art colony in England paint the sea, so my focus on gardens was a novelty for them. There are several lovely municipal gardens in St. Ives. The most visited is the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden. I was only allowed to sketch, not paint there, so I instead collected Fall leaves from the garden and painted a bouquet in a traditional Cornish jug. The second painting was done in the Trewyn Garden, which has dense borders lining the central green. Finally, I painted the Memorial Garden, which had an old low palm tree with an interesting trunk, an indication of the subtropical climate.
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
I was invited to paint at the Wirikuta garden, which includes a nursery that supplies many of the building projects in San José del Cabo. The garden is a fascinating study in how native plants planted can be arrayed in patterned rows to make a highly sculptural and visual impact. The first thing that strikes the Wirikuta visitor is the massing of Barrel Cactus, which was the subject of my first painting. The cacti are planted in a sundial formation surrounding one of the four central rock formations. I painted bougainvillea close to the central pond in the garden, showing the soft violet mountains in the distance and the bright coral flowers in contrast. The other piece, Blue Palm Fruit, is a dramatic composition with the strong, dark fruit in the foreground and the palm garden in the distance.
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