|Better Homes and Gardens, Des Moines (photo: Meredith Corp.)|
Meredith is one of the publishing giants, a true conglomerate, having acquired Time Inc. earlier this year, but their history in Iowa dates to the beginning of the 20th century when Edwin Meredith began publishing Successful Farming magazine. Although known primarily for print publishing, the corporation also owns more than a dozen television stations across the United States. Today they publish Better Homes and Gardens, a giant in the domestic periodical industry, and use this large urban plot for testing plants, demonstrating techniques, photo shoots, and even rent it for special events.
|"The Courtyard Fountain," wc/gouache/ink 3.5x5.5, 2016|
Besides the courtyard, there are specific areas growing herbs and vegetables, perennials, water
|"Potting Shed," wc and ink, 3.5x6.5, 2018|
These sketches were all done in pocket 3.5 x5 sketchbooks that fit into a jacket pocket. I started with a rough pencil sketch, added color and then ink to provide dark details. The watercolors I use are a small set from van Gogh that also fit easily into a small coat pocket. With a waterbrush or two and a pencil and pen I'm set to sketch nearly anything, anywhere.
|"Water Garden," wc/gouache/ink, 3.5x6.5, 2018|