My ideal place to live would be on the top of a hill, surrounded by fields and crops, and allowing me to see for long, long distances. When we go for drives, those hilltop views (when we can find them) grab hold of me and make me NEED TO PAINT.
Last autumn, I was seriously longing for a ride in a small plane, so I could see even farther. Then it dawned on me: I could make that happen with a drone. Duh!
The painting above was inspired by a photo from our subsequent purchase of a DJI Mavic Mini. The fields were half under clouds, and most of them not yet planted; the painting therefore includes plenty of artistic license. I can’t wait to see what delights present themselves, now that planting season is finally here.
May your weekend be filled with many peaceful views.
You’ll probably notice this isn’t a typical composition for me. However, those trees were proud as can be, standing in the middle of the field. How could I break their hearts and not paint them front and center?
Hopefully you can zoom in to see the farm in the far distance. This was a truly inspiring sight, on Perry Road, just west of A-37. How blessed am I, that these oh-so-varied rural scenes are only minutes from our house?!
I love when paintings surprise me…taking me on a path that wasn’t planned. Such was the case toward the end of this piece.
One of these days soon, I’m going to figure out how to outsmart my iPad camera, which tends to take everything in “cool” tones. In the meantime, I’ll insert my recently-common disclaimer: the painting is a little “warmer” in color than this photo.
Sienna Glimpse is about the many subdued colors which autumn brings to the fields, crops, grasses, and bushes. They are stored in my mind and heart; but what pleasure I derive from seeing them in person when autumn brings them back to me once again. Many of the subtle nuances in this painting can be seen only (or much better, at least) in person, such as the slight appearance of a dark, warm purple. Yes, it’s really there, and is one of my favorite parts of this piece.
And it wouldn’t be autumn without the fireworks of the blazing trees of reds, yellows and golds. Those will undoubtedly make an appearance on my palette soon, for we are now approaching peak season here in the middle of Michigan!
September was very productive (seven finished paintings with work on three others). Above are the last two which were finished before the end of the month.
This productivity was, in part, thanks to a couple of artists whose philosophy of “just show up,” or “put the time in the studio” motivated me to make better use of my day. In the past I’ve wasted a lot of time waiting for the inspiration to hit. Lately, however, I’ve challenged myself to just pick up the brushes and clean off the palette and see what happens. It’s amazing what happens.