6x8 oil on canvas
Carol Horzempa

Yesterday I decided to go out to my backyard to see what I could paint. I love how the evening sun creates dramatic light and shadows across my yard. My hosta plant always stands out with it's bright yellow-green leaves at this time of day. I almost didn't paint the bench swing since I wasn't sure how to paint it. I found it was easier to paint as long as I didn't focus on details. I started losing my sun so I finished this painting from memory in my studio.

I used a limited palette of cad. yellow medium, cad. red light, ultramarine blue plus white.


  1. I love all the movement in the painting, and the hosta turned out great. I'm impressed that you were able to work on it more without a photo!

  2. This does look like a sanctuary - lovely.

  3. Very nicely done, Carol! Just the right amount of detail...including the inviting bench.

  4. I agree with Dean. This plein-eir painting came out nice.

  5. Carol, I really like how you have captured the colors and feel of late afternoon. The swing is wonderful, a very inviting painting. I think you really captured a feeling of "sanctuary."

  6. Nice blue shadows on the tree trunk.