I started a new portrait today. This one seems to be coming more naturally. I am a lot more relaxed painting and am having a lot of fun. This is Dad quite a few years ago. Next I'll paint Mom beside him.
It is snowing like hell today, so we didn't work. I stayed home and painted this copy of a Van Gogh. It kind of looks like the original, but I am sure I am not fooling anyone. It does feel good to loosen up a little.
I was thinking of working on this more today, but after looking at it all week, I have decided it's done. The grass in the foreground is what was in question, but I think it looks alright the way it is. What I would have done is put in more detail, but I am afraid that might have ruined it. first of all I am trying to get away from putting in so much detail and second I think it wouldn't help me accomplished what I set out to do, which is to give the viewer the feeling of the extreme depth of this place. I actually think it turned out kind of flat, so I think I need to study other artists' paintings some more
I am still sick with a bad cold. I have been unable to do any art work for a couple of weeks now, so I thought I'd post this photo I took a few years ago. We had this really weird ice fog roll through our neck of the woods one day, and it created these wonderful ice crystals on everything. This is a wire fence on one of the neighbors' property.