My friend Dawn posts the most beautiful pictures of sky/seascapes of Lake Sinisippi on Facebook and gave me permission to paint them. Each one is more beautiful than the previous. Dawn is also an artist, and she should be painting these beautiful scenes herself (ahem!).
Here's what I've learned: The more beautiful and colorful the scene is, the more difficult it is to paint, at least for ME! I would much rather paint a grey day seascape than a total blue sky/blue water sort of painting. As an example, my neighbor friend sent me such a beautiful untouched picture of an exquisite sea/skyscape, complete with subtle pinks, purples, corals and blue. I felt I had to paint it and yet, I've struggled for 3 days and who knows how many pounds of paint to get it right, which isn't happening. I photographed it and was ready to post, but that inner voice said "May as well have painted a clown. Don't do it." Lake Sinisippi trumps Pine Lake today.
"615 On the Road"
oil - 6x6 in
I am relatively happy with this painting attempt, except for the glare, and am baffled as to how to photograph a wet painting.
p.s. Just realized I forgot to sign this!
Sunsets are beautiful to watch, but I think very difficult to paint. You just can't improve on something so beautiful. Our family recently spent several days on Captiva, Florida, where the sunsets are magnificent. People line the beaches just to see each evening's performance. It is reported that some see a bright green speck just before the sun sets, but unfortunately we did not see it.
Unfortunately, funding for the Great Circus Parade has dwindled, so what was an every-year occurrence, is much less frequent.