“Tents and Flowers” 14 x 18″ oil on canvas
I don’t know about you, but tents are a fascinating subject to me. I think they are related to my interest in umbrellas. Both provide a covering and I think that’s the underlying attraction.
This painting was done last month at The Morven Museum in Princeton, NJ during their annual Morven in May celebration. They host a plein air painting event in conjunction with an artisan market and plant sale.
Before I arrived I had been thinking about the tents, not sure of how I might capture them or if I would. They seemed sort of intimidating and large! After scoping out the area and chatting with a few friends I found this spot. There was something interesting and mysterious about the tents and the cast shadows around the perimeter from this vantage point. I loved the arched “windows” and the idea that there was a whole lot of activity going on inside, yet I couldn’t see it.
There was quite a bit of activity outside as well but I decided not to add the people. From where I was standing I experienced a sense of stillness which I felt was important and I think this comes through in the final work.