2 Backyard Garden Paintings in the Village of Mathews

Painting in Italy for two months, I’d wished to absorb the Tuscan lifestyle. I wondered what it would look like if it could seep into my paintings?

I think it’s finally beginning to show itself!

I painted these two small plein air paintings in my backyard garden of Mathews last week. I can feel the warmth and friendly nature ~ the joy of simply being here ~ in both of these paintings.

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Village Mathews I, oil, 10 x 10

2 Backyard Garden Paintings in the Village of Mathews

A village landmark, this corner eatery is festive and popular with the locals. It could be in Tuscany? in Venice? in France? it’s in Mathews, Va!

I am so grateful to live in such a warm and friendly village.

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This is painted on a cradled wood panel. It hangs flush to the wall for a really clean, contemporary look. Edges are neutral blue gray.

Hunkered in the shade of the Halcyon building, I turned my easel 90 degrees for another village view.

Painting my backyard garden with a cottage silhouette gave me a new way of seeing a local landmark. The old Sibley’s Store takes on a joyful disposition juxtaposed with the corner garden blooming across the street.

Even the pole garden beside it lights up. I find myself wishing for blooming flowers cascading from the front porch!

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Village Mathews II, oil, 30 x 15
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detail, Village Mathews II
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Perhaps someone will be inspired to plant them?

2 Backyard Garden Paintings in the Village of Mathews