This doodlewash by Philippe is a final farewell to summer, as the temperatures start dropping and we enter the autumn season. He and the dog are big fans of the summer sun so this transition is always bittersweet for both of them.
Last year we went to a lot of trouble to create pots of lovely flowers on our deck, but this year we just didn’t feel like doing anything. Much to our surprise, though, many of the flowers we planted last year came back on their own with absolutely no help from us. This is one of the determined survivors.
It’s sometimes difficult to keep pots looking good, as our dog, Phineas, unlike us, loves gardening. Apparently he agrees that we’re horrible at it, and likes to rearrange the dirt and plants to his taste, which is a bit avant-garde, but we’re happy he’s expressing his creativity. And since most everything came back, he’s apparently quite good at it.
For this painting Philippe started with his Winsor & Newton colors and then began dipping into my M. Graham palette to discover that he liked my paints better. I liked the effect of the mix as the deeper saturated M. Graham reds really made the flowers stand out more.
So happy to have a little piece of summer captured before heading into fall (my favorite season!) And who knows, maybe Phineas has worked his magic and this plant will be back again next year. In any case, it’s at least comforting to know that somebody in the family has a green thumb.