beauty at rest
12" x 16" oil on canvas
This is one of my favorite places. When I tell you where it is you may be a bit surprised. I think it is one of the most beautiful serene spots in Savannah. It is filled with an abundance of huge oaks draped in spanish moss and in the spring the azaleas and dogwoods are breath-taking. You can walk for hours and still not see it in it's entirety. Many people come here and never leave. O.K. that was a big hint....
It is Bonaventure Cemetery. Made famous by the book "Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil", it has been the final resting place for many Savannah families, including mine, for over a 150 years. It is set on a bluff overlooking the water. The grounds are a bit overgrown but that lushness somehow that just makes it all the more beautiful. Gorgeous sculptures and monuments are at every turn. When I was in Savannah this spring, the azaleas were at their peak and I walked around for over an hour taking pictures. This painting is the first of a series of work centered around this theme. If you would like to learn more about Bonaventure, here is a link: http://www.bonaventurehistorical.org/