Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ocean Of Gold

Ocean Of Gold
oil  12" x 12"
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While driving through the grasslands of Colorado photoing reference material (i.e. grass!) my husband asked me how I was going to paint these.  At that point I wasn't quite sure what the paintings would look like, what the composition would be, etc.  I knew that would all fall into place.  He said to me that I should paint them like my "ocean" series that I did on several past trips to Mexico.  As I looked out the car window I realized that the grasses were like the ocean:  rolling hills of color and waving with the breeze.  This painting definitely reminded me of the ocean, (although golden) with the sand in front.

A repeat from the first post of this series:

I recently participated in the "Grasslands Inspiration IV Show" in the Mari Michener Gallery at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, my alma mater.  The paintings for the show were to be of the 7 "grassland counties" in northeastern Colorado.  It had been years since I'd been to that part of Colorado.  So, my husband, always supportive of any thing art related that I want to do, and I spent two days driving around the back roads in that area taking 100s of photos and getting inspired by the grasslands.  Both of us had a great time and couldn't get over all of the different "grasses" and their many, varied colors!

Upon returning home I spent hours editing the photos, then sketching my favorite locations.  I did several dozen sketches before starting the paintings.  Originally I had planned on doing very large paintings, but due to time, most of the paintings were 12" x 12".  I ended up loving that size and painting 9 12 x12s as well as 2 larger paintings of the grasslands!  I was motivated by a new inspiration!

For the next 2 weeks I'll be posting grassland paintings.  Enjoy!

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