A picturesque farm in Indiana at the end of summer. I have painted many fields and that much real estate on a canvas or panel can be tricky. You don't want to bore the viewer with such a large mass. Lots of squinting to simplify but still have enough detail to keep it from being boring.
The back side of our mailboxes look like little birdhouses! I have walked out to these mailboxes all summer long thinking, "I really need to paint this!" I finally got to it yesterday. I think this little scene sums up our lovely warm days of summer. I can just hear the hum of bees and hummingbirds.
I worked and wiped then worked and wiped before I got to this point. Sometimes, believe it or not you have to go through a few run throughs before you come up with a fresh not overworked painting. Like little warm ups. As frustrating as this can be at times it may well be worth it to keep trudging along. As long as you clean the slate and try again rather than reworking the same area. I am stubborn like that. Sometime it works and sometimes you just have to walk away and call it a day. But it's worth a try and always educational.
Every time I sit on my couch this is my view. I have wanted to paint it so many times. Well, I finally have. This little fella is the friendliest fish we have ever had. He really has happy a personality. Whenever you approach he comes to greet you. He swims round and round, I swear when Sunday football is on tv he seems especially active! I know this all sounds crazy, but Hercules was a prize at a local street fair and when my daughter brought him home I groaned. But this little goldfish lived with us for almost 4 years!
My son came home with a new goldfish the very same way. I was kind of excited...but Nigel is very different. Very skittish, hides all day and doesn't swim around much...
A rescue painting...maybe... I painted this little one last year and wasn't thrilled with it, so it laid around my studio like a sore thumb. I finally picked it up and fiddled around with it yesterday. Still not sure...but happier with the changes.