We live in a wonderful place! Outside our back door is the creek with a great view of the boats, the water, and the sunsets. In the front by the road is a garden filled with roses, day lilies, rosemary, peonies. Beside the garden is a picturesque tractor. And then there are two small cherry trees.
This morning, my husband went for a tour of the yard. He came back in and said, “The cherries are ripe. We’d better pick some before the birds get them all.” So I grabbed a measuring cup (to hold cherries) and then I grabbed my paints and a fresh piece of paper. I set a timer for 55 minutes, which gives me a five-minute warning that it’s time to finish up.
Here is what the tree looked like in the spring, and what it looked like this morning:
After I had painted and brought my gear back inside, I went back and filled the measuring cup with ripe cherries.
- “It takes 120 bad paintings to know something about painting.” – Larry Seiler as quoted by Jeff Mahorney in his blog
- Each painting is small in format and should be completed in about an hour or less.
- My goals are to improve my technique, to paint faster, and to gain experience with a variety of subjects.