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.
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.
Spring time pure and white full of fragrance and sunshine. This was painted last year and never posted not sure how it got missed. Crocus ,Daffodil, Tulips and Lily, start the season for me. Hyacinth's use to have some they have disappeared...hmmm need to plant some.
11 x 14 original oil painting. Drove by this abandoned farm house the window trim caught my eye. On my way back home that day stopped to walk around. The snow was really deep it was very cold and my boots were at home so not much walking was done. Would have liked to get up close and peeked in the windows and may do that this summer if my travels take me that way again.
The values of the painting have been established. The color fields are still being developed throughout the lower half of the painting. The final process to complete this painting will be developing the center of interest and moving you through the painting using contrasting edges and values.