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In the garden of dreams - Acrylic Fine Art Painting by Rick Short

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Growing up, my mother always had a flair for taking a boring yard and turning it into a lush garden filled with colorful plants and flowers. So when I started on this acrylic painting, I wanted to create a lush garden filled with lavender, tulips, fields of grasses and blooming color. This painting took about a month. There was so much detail, texture, shade and contrast to bring this garden to life. Painted using Acrylics and colored pencil.

“I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known"

- from the song ‘In the Garden’

I have been painting since I was 12 years old and enjoy bringing ideas to life. Art is my passion as well as photography and 3D Animation. I have won first and second place awards in local shows and just enjoy creating something to hopefully bring a smile to someone’s face.

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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 4 years ago

    Lovely and colorful acrylic painting! So inviting! I would like to just step in and stroll around the garden!

  • Thank you Angie, well now you can. There was so much detail to this painting but the more detail I added, the more it came alive.

    – Rick Short

  • Marriet
    Marrietabout 4 years ago

    I appreciate all the work that went into making this
    garden bloom. You did a great job!

  • Thank you Marriet. Yes I think I spent about a solid month on it. I redid some parts of it and kept adding more and more layers upon layers. This was actually a hard painting to stop working on but I learned a lot making this painting.

    – Rick Short

  • maggie326
    maggie326about 4 years ago

    Beautiful work.. Great colors.. how big is it ??

  • Hi Maggie, it is 16″ × 20″ on canvas. I will add some more photos of it this week to show more of the detail in it. Thanks for your visit to my garden :)

    – Rick Short

  • dovey1968
    dovey1968about 4 years ago

    love everything about this.. the charming scene, beautiful colours.. ‘feel happy’ piece of work :)

  • Thank you Dovey, it was a fun piece to work on, hard to put down after I was done.

    – Rick Short

  • trisha22
    trisha22about 4 years ago


  • Thank you Trisha, it is always a blessing to be featured in your group. Merry Christmas!

    – Rick Short

  • Diane Hall
    Diane Hallabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful detailed work Rick, the colors and textures are lovely and so is the verse and wonderful memory of your Mom.

  • Thank you Diane, it was a fun piece to do. I sure appreciate the positive feedback. Take care and Merry Christmas to you.

    – Rick Short

  • Jessica Snyder
    Jessica Snyderabout 4 years ago

    Please consider one of your lovely images for the Lavender Art Challenge

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thank you Karen, happy new year to you.

    – Rick Short

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work of art Rick, a fave for sure!

  • Thank you Colin. I plan to do more like this one so stay tuned and thanks for the visit.

    – Rick Short

  • Monica Engeler
    Monica Engelerover 3 years ago

    This is beautiful painting. Would be great place to just step in and pick flowers, I love this work congrats on your feature too.

  • Thank you Monica. I love this place too. It is fun to create a place where the mind can go to relax. Maybe one day I will recreate this in my own garden.

    – Rick Short

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