October was an “Aha!” month. I painted over, or made necessary revisions to, five paintings! This is one of them. Its first identify (much darker) was chosen for a top-notch juried exhibition, and I personally liked it a lot. But I couldn’t hang it in my own home (although I tried), because it came off too severe. So I softened and whitened the daylights out of it.
For the curious, below is a photo of the original version. Last is a photo of the revision, hanging happily on the wall.
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.
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.
This scene was begging to be painted. It’s based on a small, zoomed-in corner of my recent painting, “Top of Hill.” The composition was pleasing to my eye every time I viewed it in the video posted on the “Top of Hill” blog. I would kind of like to have another go at it in a vertical orientation.
Here’s the video, in case you didn’t see it in the previous blog.
Finished about a month ago, this painting never got posted. It was probably a subconscious attempt to keep it for myself. The works from my cloud series continue to be claimed quickly, but I’m being selfish and keeping this one above my mantle for as long as I can. There’s something about the expanse of sky in an open field that is satisfying a need deep within me. There’s a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and this is apparently my season to “look up!”
For those who aren’t drawn as much to the rural landscape as, say, urban expressions, I still have many pieces available in that vein which you can see under the home page (Paintings) tab.
Many blessings to you all, and may your soul also “look up!”
Isn’t this a common sight in the country? I would build my home on the top of a hill, too, if given the opportunity.
Maybe you will enjoy this video of the finished painting in my studio. I have to straddle these large canvases on two easels. Any larger (such as 60″x48″ vertical), and they have to be hung on the wall to be painted.