Tuesday, September 2, 2014

#23: Out of my Window

You might say this is my first "commissioned" piece. My younger son moved to Nebraska for a job. He misses the mountains terribly and asked if I would paint him a picture of the mountains. So that was my inspiration for this work. I decided I would recreate the view from his bedroom window (taking some artistic license to remove a few houses and some power lines!!)


20" X 24" Canvas Board

What I like about the painting:
  • I am especially pleased by the color in the foothills. I like how the bluish greens blend and give the sense of some prairie grasses.
  • I sense a bit of rolling hills in the foreground - or maybe it is just me, knowing they are there!
  • I limited myself to primary colors, white and black. I like the variation in color I achieved.

What I might do differently:
  • OMG - I was so pleased with my cows until I sat back and realized how small they are given the overall perspective of the painting. 
  • Likewise, the fence by the barn is far too tall.
What I learned:
  • Joy Schultz (see previous post) kept telling the class that we didn't need to sketch things out on the canvas in detail before painting. I 'framed' the view from my son's window, and made preliminary marks for the key features of the painting… and it worked!
  • One afternoon as I was painting, the cows came into view. I grabbed a sketch book and make some quick sketches of the cows in different positions. It helped when it came time to paint the cows - which I did without sketching on the canvas first.
Our son's apartment is very dark. We saw a wood window at a local hardware store and both hubby and I thought it might be possible to create a light box with the window. This is the project, in progress. Eventually we will add LED lights behind the frame, and trim.  We will either paint or stain the wood.


  1. Hi Dreaming! I've been catching up on your progress. You are really coming along. It's fun to see you experiment with different media. Wow! Loved those horses on a foggy morning! And, of course, rock lover that I am, I loved your vibrant rocks. I simply have to find a way to work art into my life! And no, I don't have any of my uncle's paintings. My Uncle Kelsey and my parents gave my first husband and me one of his paintings when we got married. When our marriage ended in a divorce, my first husband gave the knife an extra twist in my heart, by giving the painting to an acquaintance on the sly. His paintings have always been beyond my reach. But I have my memories!

  2. I love it. I know it will become one of your sons most prized pieces.