What attracted me to this set up was the light patterns coming through the crocheted curtain, through the leaves, through the window. So many people have left comments on my FB page that it makes them happy, too.
Ruefus was a commission for a woman who is from Oregon, now lives in Arizona and misses Oregon. I love Doxies so this was big fun to paint. I had a smooth haired Doxie when I was growing up and painting this brought back memories of when she'd run away and we'd have to chase her all over the neighborhood, coaxing her home with hot dogs.
I bought a painting instruction course by Patti Mollica as I love love love her paintings and want to do more in that looser style. This was my first attempt not to pat, pat pat the paint onto the canvas but to do few strokes and leave them alone. It has a freshness, don't you think?
When I saw this reference photo it brought up such nostalgia, even though I've never been to a place exactly like this. Art can do that sometimes. I find it peaceful to let my eyes rest on the horizon and relax, as though I'm swaying on the tire swing.
Steve Lyddon is a photographer on PMP-art.com that captures the most beautiful shots! I just fell in love with this photo and it went into my "must paint" file. I live in the country and love the drive to work because I see the cows and horses out in the beautiful Maryland countryside. But I'm too lazy to go plein air painting.....so thanks to Steven Lyddon!