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.
My darling husband agreed to be photographed, to help show the scale of this painting. Isn’t he a nice guy?
Of all the autumn colors I love, yellow is the one which takes my breath away. Our trees aren’t far into turning, but the yellows in this field we drove by?…oh my! Needless to say, the star of this painting had to be yellow! And I mean *bright* yellow! And lots of shades of yellow.
The full painting is below. Plus a couple close-ups, because there’s lots of wonderful visual texture in this big painting.
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.
I’m always influenced to paint the colors that are around me, but usually by the end of any given season, it’s time to move on. I thought I had moved on from green…until…this scene stopped me in my tracks. My husband needed convincing to squeeze our vehicle through a narrow space to get to this exact view. But when we arrived, “the angels sang,” as I like to describe those catch-your-breath moments.
You are all invited to LaFontsee’s Douglas location for Toast!, an exhibition opening on Sunday, September 2, from 12:00-4:00. There will be artist demos, and you can meet many of the artists represented in this show. I will be there, and I think the painting above is one of mine which will be displayed. If you are coming, please send me a message about when you plan to be there; I may have to pop in and out during the four hours, and wouldn’t want to miss you!
A little P.S.: I apologize for the Test Landscape page that was emailed to everyone a few weeks ago. A wonderful WordPress tech was helping me explore an option on my website, and she accidentally pushed the “Publish” button. Oops.
Apparently, collectors of my art enjoy skies as much as I do, so I continue to delve into this limitless subject. It’s a new exploration with each new sky. I find endless fascination in the many different settings, lighting conditions, color combinations, moods… .
If any of these works (or the other pieces on my Available Paintings page) strike a chord with you, and you’d like to surround yourself with a peaceful trip to the lake or country by adding an original piece of art to your home, feel free to contact me through the Contact tab, or call me directly at 616-723-6600 with any questions.
I hope you enjoy the latest paintings to come off the “easel.” (Actually, I don’t use easels anymore; for any artists out there who paint on large canvases and want to contact me for more information about how I paint against the wall, I have a most wonderful set-up now for the past number of months, and it has greatly improved my productivity and organization.)