Sometimes I am not sure what draws me to a certain scene but i loved this picture that Carol Theologo provided. This old house reminds me of my grandmother's house where I played when I was a little girl, too many years ago. Maybe because 3 of my grandchildren have been visiting with me all weekend and I want them to remember coming to Mimi's house when they get as old as Mimi, I was drawn to this. Whatever the reason, I enjoyed painting today after the little people left because it is always so quiet when they are gone, so I turn up the music and paint - that way I do not miss them as badly. I hope all of their memories are good ones.
This weekend the challenge was to paint a vineyard. This is the first time I have ever painted a 5" x 7" painting using large brushes. I am trying to use larger brushes and learn to see more color in ordinary scenes that create interest. At the same time I am trying to use tertiary color schemes. I like the way this turned out. Now to go pour a glass!
I try to complete the weekly challenge for DPW so that I can expose myself to different subjects. This week the challenge was to paint a rose bush. I am so insecure when painting roses because I see some artists who can really paint beautiful, realistic roses! My third grade teacher told me I could paint roses and I have always remembered that even though it was many, many years ago. I tried to pull from that encouragement when I entered this challenge. I was surprised that I saw a little blue in the picture that was provided and so I painted by background with an undercoat of blue - I did find that I liked the way it showed through.
I loved this colorful picture that I found by Villager Jim. Villager Jim is an awesome photographer who graciously shares his photos on Paint My Photo. The man is amazing. I am moved each time I look at his work. All of his subjects are full of life, light, color and emotion. I hope you like this rendition of his rooster named Ricky.