A Walk in the Woods


My failure to post for the past two days hasn’t meant I’ve not been painting. Ah, but I have! I’ve mentioned the commission I’ve been working on over the past week, and that has taken up a lot of my time and concentration. My dailies were quicker studies because of it. On Sunday I worked on the finishing touches for the background of the commission and tackled the ferns. Remember my fern study earlier last week? Well, here they are in final form. Yesterday I spent the day painting the two kids. There’s a lot of themes and repetition going on with them — the downward loop of their hoods and her pocket flaps match the downward swoop of her bandana. And then the biggest swooping curves are their arms around each other. The two of them walking together, almost touching, mimic the parade of double trees in the background.

Sometime compositions like this simply fall in your lap. This one came from a former colleague and friend who wanted this as a painting for her son and daughter-in-law. The children are theirs and my friend’s grandkids. It certainly helps that the mom, who took the picture, happens to be a photographer. So there’s all that wonderful light and the composition framed just right. It’ll go out this week or next once it’s framed. Here’s hoping they like it as much as I do.

Back to my normal dailies today, so stay tuned.

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