Some of my fondest memories of childhood are of my mother working in her garden. It could have been her strong, ethereal connection during those moments, or maybe just the warm glow that laboring in the sun brings. Whatever it was, it imprinted a lasting memory of beauty in my mind.
One day, after observing my wife tending to our garden, I decided to bring my fond childhood memories to my artwork, and developed my “Women in the Garden” series. Each oil painting in this series depicts a woman doing different chores in the garden.
I used loose brush strokes and vibrant colors with highly textured flowers on the foreground to add space to paint the images in this series. By using this technique, I created my series in the same vein as the Impressionists, like Monet.
In 1867, Monet finished a painting, entitled “Women in the Garden,” that depicted various women, including his wife, Camile, doing a variety of activities in a garden. This piece demonstrated the techniques of Impressionist artists, like loose brush strokes, blurred boundaries and vibrant colors.
In creating my series, I drew inspiration from Monet. His use of loose brush strokes and vibrant colors resonated with my wife and mother’s casual encounters with their gardens. Like Monet, I chose to paint each piece on a sunny day to capture the warmth of beautiful women tending to their gardens.
I hope you enjoy the artistic parallels my “Women in the Garden” series draws to Monet’s artwork. If you are in Cincinnati, Ohio, please stop by the Greenwich House Gallery at 2124 Madison Road to view my series of paintings.
American Oil Painter Daryl Urig is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and Cincinnati Art Club. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati for over 9 years and is president of Total Media Source Inc.
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