Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Acrylic painting of the white arbor at Sonnenberg Gardens. Located in the Old Fashioned Gardens.
Acrylic on paper
8” x 10”
Chris Breier © 2013
The original painting is available.
The Old Fashioned Gardens are located behind the Mansion at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, NY. The white arbor runs the length of the gravel pathway, making it the centerpiece of the garden.

What made this image difficult to paint is that it’s made up of many small patches of colors, there aren’t any large shapes of solid color that can be quickly painted in. I handled the complicated shadow pattern by painting the color of the gravel first and then painting the lines of the shadows over it. Any mistakes were corrected by working back over the shadows with the original gravel color. My favorite part of the painting are the tiny red flowers in the distance, they provide some contrast with the abundance of green foliage.

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