Portrait of a Garden no. 1 – Van Dusen flower bed

by Carmen Chan

An original framed watercolour painting, inspired by journeys to exquisite gardens near and far away.

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Portrait of a Garden is a series of watercolour paintings inspired by real gardens and reimagined with a child-like sense of wonder and whimsy.

During this Spring’s lockdown, the artist, Carmen Chan, spent her time being entertained by the simplest pleasures – visiting neighbourhood gardens on her walks and admiring the interesting life thriving in these flower beds. On days when a walk was not possible, she turned to her collection of travel photos where she often took snaps of gardens for floral painting inspiration later. 

Reminiscent of how she spent many of her childhood days playing in her childhood garden, this series is dedicated to all the 90’s children who remember playing outside and the joy and freedom felt from just being in a simple garden.

Product Details:

  • Medium: Cold press watercolour paper, Chinese watercolour paints and ink, white wooden frame
  • Painting Dimensions: 7.5 inches x 9.5 inches
  • Frame Dimensions: 13 inches x 17 inches

Creator Profile

Portrait of Carmen Chan, a smiling woman in a floral sleeveless top against a backdrop of plantsInspired by her years of childhood Saturday art classes practicing Chinese brush painting, Carmen has developed an appreciation for a calm and thoughtful painting process. She believes art and painting can be a therapeutic way to reconnect with yourself and to practice self reflection. She is the creator of the “Morning tea and Watercolour painting class,” a painting workshop focused on calm and relaxation, while practicing Chinese brush painting – her idea of a perfect weekend morning.

Carmen paints from her home studio in Vancouver and her watercolour paintings have been exhibited at Surrey Art Gallery, Kafkas Cafe, Earls Restaurants, ROVE and 100 Braid St Studios. She has also painted multiple murals in Vancouver’s Mount pleasant, Gastown and Commercial Drive neighborhoods and is a Vancouver Mural Festival alumnae. See more at Carmen Chan Art and @carmenchanart