|Rosemary Scrub at Jacksonville Arboretum, watercolor, 5" x 10."|
The day was heavily overcast (in fact I thought we might get rained on at some point), but a few drops was all we got. I had never seen a Florida rosemary plant, a relative of our culinary rosemary, which grows on poor, sandy soil, along with deer moss, a low-growing pale grey-green globe.
Herb and I had taken camping stools with us so I could sit along the trail to sketch and he could keep me company while I painted. It took about forty-five minutes to do this small watercolor sketch; the soft grey-greens were hard to render accurately.
After a very late lunch we headed downtown to check out the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. We got there at a quarter to five, but as luck would have it, that was their weekly free-admission day as well as when they stay open until 9:00 PM. We saw a wonderful exhibit of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings from the High Museum of Art collection. Unfortunately, we weren't able to see the gardens, which closed at five. Instead, I watched a short video about their historic garden on the St. John River waterfront. Afterwards I asked a young docent if an artist would be allowed to paint in the garden. Carlos agreed to Email me after he checked if that was all right. Next day he Emailed that it would be fine to paint there, so we decided to return in a few days.
|Elena on the Rosemary Ridge Trail at Jacksonville Arboretum|
For more photos of the Jacksonville Arboretum, check out my album on Flickr here.