Getting back to Painting

The Neighbor's Shed
I've been itching to do more oil painting.  Every time I would start, something would come up and I'd get distracted or I'd sit there and stare at the white canvas and not know where to begin.  But today, I was looking out the studio window at the neighbor's shed across the fence and loved the way the light was playing across it's surface and lighting up the roses and the canoe they have stored on the side.  I quickly got the palette set up, chose a small canvas and got right to work.  It's nice to find that all I had to do was start playing with the paints and the skills came right back.  It's not perfect, but I'm happy with it and happier still to have actually gotten painting again.  Here's hoping that I can keep up with a small painting fairly frequently now!

Rays of Sunlight
Yesterday while I was driving between Boulder and Greeley, the sun broke through a thin spot in the clouds and sent rays of light cascading through the sky.  Had to stop and take a photo!

How heartbroken I was to hear of the Hotshot Firefighters who lost their lives yesterday.  If you've been reading my blog for a long time, you may remember that my sister is a firefighter and the  Forest Deputy in Fire Plans (for the Kaibab National Forest) and the fire behavior analyst for one of the Type II teams in Northern Arizona.  I am grateful that she and her team are safe, but I also know that the firefighting community is a close knit one and the loss of these young men will be a hard one to bear.   My heart and prayers go out to all the families and co-workers.


Laurie said…
Your painting is so pretty Lisa, I'd say you still have it when it comes to your artwork!
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zooperson said…
How very talented you are--painter, photographer, quilter, water colorist . I am impressed! Lovely painting of your neighbor's shed with sun- lite roses draping its wall.
Your painting is so pretty
suz said…
lovely painting - thank you for sharing
Adrienne said…
Your talent always amazes me. I used to dabble a bit in oil painting and I loved the way it flowed under my brush - so different from acrylics or water color. Your painting calls me in - draws me to the place you've put on canvas. My heart breaks for the families and friends of the lost fire fighters. Our young niece was on a special team that fought forest fires. I can't imagine the loss!
Rebecca said…
You might be amused to hear that rays of light through clouds like you photographed I have always called "God Holes."

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