Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hot Off the Palette

As you may know from reading my last blog, we drove out to Saskatchewan in June and on the way back took the southern route through Lethbridge and Hwy. # 3. I love that drive, as it is so pretty, less traffic and very rustic with many deserted old sheds and barns along the way. It also reminds me a lot of the Qu'Appelle Valley with it's rolling hills.

After saying good bye to my Uncle and cousins, Jeff, Cheyenne and I left Grand Forks, and headed west on hwy. # 3. Shortly thereafter we came across this deserted country yard and with a screeching stop ... I jumped out of the car and took several photographs, knowing that it had to be painted some day.

After returning to Vancouver Island, and having not painted for over two weeks, I was anxious to put brush to canvas. Wouldn't you know it ... this picture begged to be painted. I painted a rough sketch directly on the canvas using burnt sienna acrylic paint. Once I was happy with the placement and perspective of the elements, it was time to add some colour.

"By the Side of the Road", 20 x 16" - acrylic

Till Next Time ...

Love what you Do ... and Do what you Love.


1 comment:

Karen Martin Sampson said...

Sounds like you guys had a great vacation. Your old barn painting has a great nostalgic feel. Thanks for the nice comment on my poppy pieces - hoping they'll sell at OO next month. See you there?