Around my house are acres of state land to explore. Sometimes it's more fun to get off the beaten path and discover new places. One time we jumped off trail and came upon thick brush almost impossible to get through yet sensing something ahead. We broke through into a clearing and there stood an enormous oak tree almost six feet around. Surrounded by the thicket and the canopy from the tree we were completely enclosed in the forest. It became our special place to visit for many years.
The under painting was completed 9 months ago and then I worked on the color fields, being the background cloth, blue cloth, pear, milkweeds, water pitcher and table, This type of painting is done in many layers which brings out the intensity of the colors. This is my own reminder to get back at this one and finish it up.
On the 4th of July weekend while camping and kayaking on Lake Huron with friends and family drove right by this abandoned home. Still working on values and color decided to put in the birds at the end of the painting session yesterday, now waiting for this layer dry before I go on.
Painting these abandoned houses has turned into a great adventure for me. Not really searching for them just keeping my eyes open.
In 2005-2008 when the housing market went upside down so many people walked away from their homes this maybe the aftermath. To date I have photographed 11 different homes.
After telling my husband about stopping at these houses he suggested that I carry boots and my gun when I travel and be more prepared approaching these places. Most of these houses are hidden in tall grass that's creepy to walk through and wearing tall boots does offer some comfort from snakes and other things. Sometimes they are in a remote location and that is part of the challenge.
This will be the 3rd painting in the abandoned home series, would like to hear your comments about this subject and what effect this disaster caused on you or someone you know.
Just to give you an idea of the summer long exhibit in Lansing, the art was made into prints. Hat with Lace my oil painitng of my granddaughter is part of the exhibit. The reflections come from the windows and lights on behind them.
10 artist were selected and this only shows 6 of us.
The gallery has projects planned for every Wednesday to have some art fun. Check out their website for more information.
The Memory of Trees comes from a recording by Enya that felt right to use for this series. This has been in the works for quite some time, that means on my mind. The first painting really is Scattered Trees that set a course for this adventure. There is a life time of being in the woods to share.
Both paintings were shipped to this event. If anyone is in the area and goes to the show I would love to hear from you. Painting still life's is one of my passions and sad that I won't be able to attend.
My mail box sits among the milk weeds and after cutting a few and playing with them this is my composition. Some people spray paint them and use them in floral displays, mine are just laying around with my rocks and other interesting items.