The title and painting tell the story. Just take a deep breath and “go there.”
“Green Field” was painted at the Leland Plein Air Painting event on May 27, 2017. As you can see from the photo below, my husband captured the scene while I did part of it upside down. I also completed a larger piece on the same day, but since bringing it home, have plans to make some revisions to it.
That evening at the reception, we enjoyed meeting some past collectors of my work (one couple has 5 pieces!), and some new friends and collectors as well. It’s such a privilege to spend time with other artists, too, and I especially loved talking with two fun and crazy ladies who painted at the alpaca farm.
I love the orchards and vineyards on this peninsula…one right after the other, not to mention the stunning view of the bay from both sides. This little house on a hill caught my attention coming, and going, and then circling around again to see it one more time!
I love to drink in this view whenever we take the back roads home from Holland. This scene has been calling my name for over two years, but I could never get a vision for how to express it with my voice. Then all of a sudden I looked at it, and there it was. Inspiration is funny that way.
Driving along the West Bay of Traverse City, I silently soaked up orchards, vineyards, barns and fields. The orchards were still sleeping…no blossoms yet. The feeling and the colors in the atmosphere were etched in my memory and burrowed deeply into my soul…until the moment they could find expression.
I’m pleased to announce that my work is represented at an additional gallery: Somebody’s Gallery in Petoskey, MI. They are open year round; so anytime you are visiting this beautiful, lake-side city, stop in and see Julie and Joel Stoppel’s amazing collection of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and more.
A view from our vehicle as we traveled the country roads of Northern Michigan to make our delivery. This kind of scene is what makes me want to paint!!
My husband says he wants to live here, which is totally impossible because, although the lake and trees are indeed from a real photo reference, the house exists only in my imagination.
There were a lot of reasons not to paint this particular cropping/scene, so I resisted for a long time. But as cliche as it sounds, it called my name every single time I scrolled past it. At some point, you just stop arguing and you go for it.