Once again we have been out of town for a bit. This time we went to Atlanta to visit a close family friend who is ill. She is a rather famous Atlanta artist and we have been doing some work on her home off and on since her husband of 60 years passed away last summer, around the same time as my father did. Many years ago, her husband built two work studios for her printing presses, nestled in their large wooded back yard. The area is also landscaped so beautifully that at one time it was featured in a magazine. There are so many different types of plants and flowers that I could never hope to identify them all. I can recognize the azaleas and the roses, the pines and the crepe myrtles, and the daffodils and wisteria, but that’s about my limit. There are wonderful brick walkways and concrete patios interspersed with the the plantings. Any place you might sit has a wonderful view.
I always loved her studios and thought that someday I would draw them. I guess the time is now, while I have the chance. I took a bunch of photos when we were there last week. This one is wood framed and stuccoed, with timbered trusses. John grew up right next door and actually helped Bob build the structure. I think that started John’s love of timber framing so many years ago. I haven’t decided whether I will use watercolors or pastels over the ink yet. Inking will start tomorrow so I will have a few days to decide.
I am keeping the drawings small scale to reflect the intimacy of the setting. They are about the same size, sitting side by side in the yard.