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.
This is not a sight I’ve ever seen in Michigan. While driving down a rural road we would normally never take, we just happened upon fields of beans (at least, that’s what locals are telling me it might be) whose leaves had just turned from green to the most beautiful shades of yellow and gold. I don’t know how long the color will last, or what happens next; but I’m so glad to have discovered this beauty.
I took probably 100 photos, over the course of two days, of one jaw-dropping scene after another: rolling yellow hills, bordered by diminishing layers of trees, with an occasional farmhouse thrown in for good measure. I can only hope that from the remaining photos, I am able to bring other scenes to life in a manner equal to this one.
This old schoolhouse, only a few miles from our house, is starting to get covered up by the encroaching trees. I’m a little worried they’re going to tear it down some day; so I grab a photo whenever I can.
This is the second painting I’ve done of it; the first was two years ago and it quickly sold. I’ve just started a third, much more modern and abstract interpretation of a close-up of the entrance. It will be a 48″ x 48″.
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.
I snapped this photo during my last expedition to downtown Grand Rapids. The photo originally included the street and a bunch of other “noise.” But I often crop like crazy to get to what I really want: for me, it was these wires. In real life, there were about three times as many wires as what I painted.
Don’t you love the way the sun–when it is low in the sky, either morning or evening–sheds an orangey-yellow light on its subjects? This view stopped me in my tracks while we were visiting ArtPrize exhibits with some friends last year. It is from the Ford Museum area, looking east across the Grand River.
Once this painting was complete, it was a challenge to get a photo to accurately portray the delicate balance of values and colors with which the painting communicates the shaded foreground and the effects of the striking sun in the background. We artists say this way too much, but it’s especially true on this painting: you need to see it in person.
Speaking of which, you are welcome to come visit my home gallery/studio any time. You don’t have to buy; just come to drink in some art, see my newly expanded studio, and have a little art chat. I do schedule appointments for visits; please use the Contact tab to start up a conversation, or call me on my cell: 616-723-6600.