I didn't realise there were so many national parks in Utah. I look forward to seeing the paintings of all that spectacular scenery this month at the Virtual Paintout!
Above is the road leading into "Zion National Park": Link to Reference Photo. I used the older April 2008 Street View shot because there was more contrast and I liked the car loaded down with bicycles.
Artist's Trading Cards are only 3.5 x 2.5 inches, but I had fun trying them out: ATC n°1: "Sunflowers" 8.9x6.4 cm, oil on canvas panel (private collection, Brussels) ATC n°2: "Seashell" 6.4x8.9cm, oil on canvas panel
"Bruxelles vue du Payottenlaan" 18x24cm, oil on canvas
This is based on a photograph taken in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, looking towards Drogenbos. At the time, I painted a smaller canvas on location: a view of the nearby yellow water tower. It was October and cold out so I couldn't stay there too long but the tiny canvas came in handy later as a color guide for the studio painting.
Nous serons au Bookshop d'Oxfam à Uccle pour la 10ème édition du Parcours d'Artistes les 23, 24, et 25 mai! The Bookshop will be open during the entire Pentecost weekend. Everyone is welcome to stop by and see the exhibit of paintings and jewelry as well as the huge collection of books, including many in English.
There are practically no roads connecting villages in Greenland, so the Google team often resorts to travelling by boat. I thought I might try painting an iceberg for my second submission this month but in the end I think I prefer moving water. Here is the reference photo I found in "Street View": LINK
I thought I'd exaggerated the reds but then googled "Images for Greenland in autumn" and was surprised to find similar reds in the photographs. The area is known for the strong colors of its autumn landscapes, which contrast so well with the backdrops of snow and ice.
Difficult to miss the "Swann Memorial Fountain" when you visit Philadelphia given its central location near so many of the city's highlights like the Barnes Foundation, the Rodin Museum, Moore College of Art, the Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Free Public Library. I have taken several photographs here over the years, usually of the turtle and frog sculptures near the outside rim. However, I am only now learning that the three figures in the middle depict Native Americans and each represents a local waterway (the Delaware, the Schuylkill and the Wissahickon). A real tribute to water since Dr Swann himself was head of the Philadelphia Fountain Society, a company which helped provide drinking water to the city.
No building in Philadelphia could be built taller than the hat of the William Penn statue on top of City Hall. The rule was finally broken in the late 80s but the story of the hat has always fascinated me so when it came to naming my painting, it dawned on me that I had just painted:
In order to get a perfect start this year, I spent the entire day working on some craft projects that have been on my list for ages: first a mosaic. I experimented with some broken dishes on an old wooden plate. Once I get the hang of using glue and grout, I'd like to make a piece incorporating all the bits and pieces I've collected during my walks.
Next, I tried fabric paints on a white toiletry bag using Monet's water lily paintings for inspiration. My basic set of six small pots of paint did not include white and thinning the colors made them bleed so I was somewhat limited, but had fun anyway.
Looks like I'll have to put these projects aside now and take out my oil paints because Bill Guffey just announced January's Virtual Paintout location: Philadelphia!! Another great start to the year!