I had the honor and pleasure this past weekend to be one of 16 artists invited to participate in the New York Botanical Garden’s 4th Annual Plein-Air Invitational, hosted by the artist James Gurney. Mr. Gurney is so generous in his teaching, with many excellent videos online, that I was not surprised to discover that he is just as generous and down-to-earth in real life. It was a pleasure to meet him and his wife Jeanette; and to paint with them and the other artists. There were works done in oil, watercolor, graphite, gouache, and (in my case) pastel. Quite a talented group; you can see the list here.
The time flew, as I sat among the lilacs and peonies and took in all of that beauty. A few friends dropped by to say hello, and over 50 members of the NYC Urban Sketchers group were also there drawing – including my Aunt Marianne – so it was a wonderfully social day as well. James Gurney did a gorgeous painting of me drawing among the lilacs, I posted it on my Instagram if you want to see it: @verolawlor.
Below are some of the other pastels I did that day. If you are interested to purchase any of these florals you can find them, and many others, on my website, Veronica Lawlor Gallery.