A Passion for Gardens

We are not alone as artists in our passion for gardens. We follow in the footsteps of several rather impressive artists throughout history. Our personal gardens are designed for plein air painting and inspire us in every season. But this year, we have an opportunity to paint and teach in gardens that dwarf our own — on the remarkable grounds of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. These will be the first plein air painting workshops ever offered in Longwood Gardens. We will have the opportunity to share our enthusiasm for this amazing site and our plein air painting know-how with a small number of students this October.

A view of Longwood Gardens. Photos courtesy of Longwood Gardens. Photo credit: L. Albee.
A view of Longwood Gardens. Photos courtesy of Longwood Gardens. Photo credit: L. Albee.

Longwood Gardens began as an arboretum in 1798 and by 1850 was known for having one of the finest collections of trees in the nation. Its aesthetic qualities were as important as its botanical significance.The farm was bought in 1906 by Pierre DuPont to preserve those magnificent trees. During his lifetime he built many of the wonderful amenities we enjoy today: the massive glass-enclosed Conservatory, the 600 foot-long Spring Garden, the Rose Garden, the Theater Garden with its 750 illuminated jets of water, the Italian Water Garden and Water Stair, the Fountain Garden, and much more.

A view of Longwood Gardens. Photos courtesy of Longwood Gardens. Photo credit: L. Albee.

A view of Longwood Gardens. Photos courtesy of Longwood Gardens. Photo credit: L. Albee.

Why these workshops should be important for the plein air painting student has to do with the significant advantages conferred by the garden itself. Because the sight-lines have already been established and the landscape has been artfully arranged to offer interesting subjects and eye-arresting focal points, composition becomes academic. This leaves ample time each day to concentrate on learning to use paint to express our personal vision of the landscape, a subject which often takes a back seat when struggling to make sense of the chaos of the natural landscape.

A view of Longwood Gardens. Photos courtesy of Longwood Gardens. Photo credit: L. Albee.
A view of Longwood Gardens.
Photos courtesy of Longwood Gardens.
Photo credit: L. Albee.

We are honored to have been chosen to lead the first two plein air workshops in Longwood Gardens. They will be held on two consecutive weekends. The 3-day watercolor painting workshop runs from October 3 – 5, 2013, and the 3-day oil painting workshop is October 10 – 12, 2013. The cost is just $385.00 per person, per workshop, lunch included.

For more information, contact the Continuing Education department of Longwood Gardens. Phone: 610-388-1000. Or you can register for a workshop here.

To view work by John Hulsey and Ann Trusty, visit our website. And be sure to join us at The Artist's Road.

Photos courtesy of Longwood Gardens

Photo credit: L. Albee

 

 

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John Hulsey and his wife, Ann Trusty created the website, The Artist's Road - Painting the World's Beautiful Places.  The Artist's Road inspires with practical art tips and painting techniques for the traveling artist, video painting tutorials and demonstrations, workshop resources, artist profiles and interviews and remarkable painting locations.  The Artist's Road is an artist community for oil, watercolor and pastel artists.  Articles cover intriguing art travel experiences artists have had while painting the world's beautiful places. "I believe I must speak through my art, for the preservation of Nature and the natural landscape from which I take my inspiration and living." John Hulsey is an accomplished artist, author and teacher who has been working professionally for over thirty years. In addition to producing new work for exhibition and teaching workshops, Mr. Hulsey continues to write educational articles about painting for national art magazines, including Watercolor magazine and American Artist Magazine. He has been selected as a "Master Painter of the United States" by International Artist Magazine where his work was previously chosen to be included in the top ten of their international landscape painting competition. He was awarded residencies at Yosemite, Glacier and Rocky Mountain National Parks. "I strive in my art to celebrate the mysteries of Nature - the fleeting light on the landscape, the unimaginable diversity of creatures, the beauty of each leaf and flower." Ann Trusty  is an accomplished third generation artist whose work embodies the natural world and is created through direct observation and translation of her subjects into her paintings. She has found inspiration in the dancing light across the water of the Hudson River (where she had a studio for ten years), as well as the big sky and waving tall grasses of the open plains of the Midwest (her current home). Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, France and Turkey in both museum and gallery exhibitions, and has been reviewed favorably by the New York Times.

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