As a child in grade school, I was always fascinated by “Old Faithful“. We were taught that you could set your clock by it, the geyser erupted at a certain time every hour. It took me many years to be able to finally visit Yellowstone Park and marvel at all of it’s beauty. When it came time for Old Faithful to erupt, I was right there, as close as the park rangers would allow. It did not turn out to be as punctual as I had thought it would be, but just as I was – it was a lot older now too.
To view this episode of “Painting Journeys”, click on the highlighted title of the painting, “Old Faithful”, or go to http://www.wscssheboygan.com. Go to VOD (video on demand), select the playlist “Painting Journeys” “”Old Faithful” Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
For years I have driven to Plymouth on Hwy C and seen the barn on the left side of the road just before you reach Hwy 57. The sign painted on it has faded almost completely from the sun. Each time I would drives by, I would tell myself that someday, I was going to paint that barn. The perfect time came just at the “twilight hour” this past spring. You know – that moment just before the sun goes down and everything glows. The complete sign reads “Eat Ice Cream for Daily Happiness”. I was very happy that day.
Years ago, in Southern California, we had a cactus in our backyard named Night Blooming Cereus. It only bloomed once a year for one night. About seven in the evening you would see a large bud on the side of the cactus. At about twelve to one in the morning the flower would be in full bloom and about the size of a dinner plate. By three or four in the morning the flower started to close and by seven in the morning it would be completely wilted and gone. If you did not notice the bud that one night, you would miss the “magic” until the next year.
I was looking for that one subject, that one of a kind. There were so many beautiful flowers in bloom, sculpture and enchanting architectural delights that it was difficult to make up my mind. My journey through the gardens had me quite confused as to what I want to share with you,the viewer. At last I came across one beautiful tree peony in all it’s glory.
To view this episode of “Painting Journeys”, click on the highlighted title of the painting, “Full Bloom”, or go to http://www.wscssheboygan.com. Go to Programming, scroll down to VOD (video on demand), select category “Arts, Music & Entertainment” and then scroll the shows for “Painting Journeys” “”Full Bloom” Tree Peony, Green Bay Botanical Gardens.
While waiting to leave this wonderful place I had stayed and painted at for the past four days, I could not help but paint my view from the window. I named it “Waiting on the Deck” because that is exactly what I was doing while I captured this serene moment in time. I am so pleased that my new collector found this piece at Cassy Tully Fine Art and Framing where it was on display, waiting for a new home.
One day in late summer of 2013 I stood on the deck and looked out for some small subject that would jump out at me and beg to be painted. I had been indoors for days due to rain and that afternoon when the skies cleared – there it was. This lovely little bench sitting in a patch of sunlight. I quickly grabbed my brushes and went to work. This is what I had after about an hour of painting. I thought it was just enough.
It started out as a beautiful, sunny day as we traveled to the River Shannon where it passes through the city of Athlone. We set up our easels along the riverbanks and all morning I had the good fortune of having three gorgeous swans pose for me. I had to include them, as they begged to be in my painting.
After lunch, the skies suddenly opened up and it began to pour. We all looked like crazy people as we ran with our paintings for shelter at the nearest pub. The hot Irish Coffee was a wonderful way to end the day.
To view this episode of “Painting Journeys”, click on the highlighted title of the painting, “River Shannon” Athlone, Ireland or go to http://www.wscssheboygan.com. Go to Programming, scroll down to VOD (video on demand), select category “Arts, Music & Entertainment” and then scroll the shows for “Painting Journeys” “River Shannon”