From start to finish my paintings average 6 months on my easel. There are many layers to build the colors into the finished surface and complete the sides. It was cold dark and snowy when thoughts of summer shimmered in my mind.
That sandy beach has real sand added to the painting, how cool is that!
Deck and I are on our 8th day traveling in our RV. Were on our way back to Michigan after visiting his parents in FL (80th birthday party) and hanging out in Savannah, GA. Well had to see the Mercer House from the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, also a movie. Tomorrow is a drive up to Lover's Leap in our Jeep. This is not a road for an RV. We did this drive a couple of years ago, it was soooo foggy, very nerve wracking-nail biting-foot braking (me) you get the idea, hopefully tomorrow we will get to see the sights.
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.