This lucky horse has beautiful scenery and endless fields of grass to keep him occupied. Pretty soon, I think he and his mate will be moving to new pastures. It's always good to mix things up every now and then.
This is one of my favorite views when I'm doing my morning walk. When we first moved here to the Lake, this tree was tall and straight. Over the years it has become a little bent and has lost some of its branches...sort of like me, I suppose. Thankfully, I still have my branches :-)
The weather has been so perfect this week, and here is another plein air piece (number 2 of the four commissions). The light and the reflections of the sky on the water were pretty exceptional when I painted this. It changed quickly, so I was glad I could get it down.
It's always good to move away from something you are doing (as in my series of museum patrons) for a change of pace. Not only is it freeing to move the paint around in a less controlled way, but it brings that much more enjoyment when I move back to the series. Looking out at the landscape before me, I had a wonderful time mixing those greens. The weather was perfect and it was a great way to spend the day. I will be doing three more commissions based on the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding mountains. Let's hope there is no more snow!
Continuing on with my art patron series...A man studying Edward Hopper's "Lighthouse at Two Lights" (1929) at the MET. I have always loved Hopper, and this piece is a favorite so it was a thrill to see it 'up close and personal". Looking into the history of this painting, Hopper apparently painted it to "signify a pleasurable reprieve from his life in New York." The day we were at the MET was an extremely hot NY day, and you certainly could feel the salt air of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. This man was in perfect gear...flip flops and all.
It's tough to be so big and be intimidated by a little Frenchie...Apparently this was the only way Clarisse could "share" the chair. I painted this a little looser than usual, but I think the subject matter dictated what to do. I'm so thankful to have the opportunity to do these commissions and I appreciate each and every one of them!