Day 24, almost there, six more to go. This was done from a photo I took of the woods near the end of my driveway. Behind the deer is the neighbor's corn field where the deer had been most likely eating dinner.
I am often attracted to derelict buildings. They seem to tell stories, and I like to embellish the stories in my own mind; thinking about the people that have used or inhabited them long ago. I wonder what the builder of this building would think if they saw this building today, so sadly neglected.
This was painted from a photo I took while my husband and I were hiking with my son and daughter-in-law near Fraser, Colorado in the Arapahoe National Forest at St. Louis Creek. This is very near their home; what a beautiful area, I see why they want to live there.
Ten percent of the sale of this painting will be donated to the Waushara County, Wisconsin Chapter of the Ice Age Trail as part of the PaintTheParks program.
Day 16 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
After hiking at Rib Mountain with the Waushara Outdoor Women, the group that I was with took a side trip to the exact center of the northern half of the Western Hemisphere. North 45 Parallel, West 90 Meridian - Marathon Co. WI, They were slightly more fascinated by the location than I was. I was more interested in this little creek that was nearby. I loved the reflections of the autumn trees in the still water.
The heavens are yours and yours also the earth, You founded the world and all that is in it. You created the north and the south.
Watching clouds is a favorite past time and has been since I was very young when I spent many hours laying in the grass, chewing on a blade of grass, and watching the clouds drift by. Clouds are often subjects in my paintings.
My husband and I were looking through old family photos and we came across a black and white photo taken about 1940 of his grandparent's cottage on a small lake in Michigan. The cottage was still in the family when we got married and we both have fond memories of the cottage, the lake, and the good times we had with family there. I loved the play of light in the tall grass and the shadows on the cottage. I remember the pale yellow the cottage was painted.
Wisconsin is SO green and lush in the summer, and this winter has been VERY cold, the past few days have been bitter cold and now we have a warm up, but freezing rain, so I've been looking for colorful summer reference photos to work from. It does seem to warm me a bit.
The sun was coming up and creating a red glow between the branches on the pine tree that was covered in snow. Some things that are so beautiful in life are difficult to recreate. The digital image is not capturing the painting's subtleties.
"Women of Waushara" WOW is a group of women who get together to hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, kayak, etc. This painting is from a photo I took while hiking with the WOW group last fall, at Rib Mountain.
Day 2 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
I grew up in farm country, my parents had a farm in Ohio and even when we moved to Michigan we were in a rural area with a big farm field behind our house. I have many happy memories of my childhood and I think that must be why farm scenes attract my attention as subjects for my paintings.
Overlooking Bohn Lake ( from the Ice Age Trail, Waushara County, Wisconsin) 6 x 8
Day One is here! A New Year, a new challenge. I've joined over 300 artists who have accepted Leslie Saeta's challenge to start the new year by creating a painting a day in January. You can check out all the daily postings by going to Leslie's blog: http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/
This painting will be donated to the Waushara County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail. They will use it as part of their fundraising event on February 15 - The Candlelight Sweetheart Event: http://waushara.iceagetrail.org/chapter-events