Saturday, June 16, 2007

Today's painting

OK, I'm WAY out of practice -- it was my first painting venture in over five years. But it's fun to get absorbed in the process, almost regardless of the results.

There were about 20 people "painting the town" today. Most of the others had the good sense to pick a simpler scene and use a smaller canvas! Mine was 16" x 20". We had a total of 7 hours to complete our work, but I only can concentrate on painting for about 3 hours, so that's as long as I painted.

The scene (about a block and a half from my front door):


Here is my artistic interpretation, in oils:

Now I'm ready to paint it again tomorrow and fix the things I don't like about the first attempt. (I'd really like more intensity and drama in the sky and water, and the fence is cartoonishly rendered.) But this is what it is, and it will be on display at the St. Michaels Library for the month of July along with the other artworks from Painting the Town.

18 comments:

Fe-lady said...

I didn't know you were an artist! Very nice...and it will be on display too! Wow...you must be proud. A woman of many talents!

Julia said...

I can't even draw good stick figures so I'm in total admiration.

Spokane Al said...

I think you really have some talent that you have been hiding from us!

TxTriSkatemom said...

dang, woman! is there anything you *don't* do? 'cause I hadn't been feeling inferior enough lately. Very impressive.

Flo said...

Let's see, PhD, mom extrodanaire, triathlete, now artist. What else are you hiding from us Nancy???

Nancy Toby said...

Hah!

It's kind of like running your first race in five years. I know I can do better, with a little more practice....

bunnygirl said...

How fun! I haven't painted in years, either, but isn't it wonderful the way the whole world slips away and you get lost in the process?

Paint on! :-)

21stCenturyMom said...

So talented! I can't draw a decent smiley face so it looks great to me!

yeara said...

you rock!
awesome painting

Wendy said...

Super job Nancy!

Brigitte said...

Super Nancy ( as in Superwoman). That is beautiful.
Now I understand why you are the Nancynator. You really do live life to the fullest in every aspect.

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

I love it...so when's your first exhibition...lol.

Be careful not to change it too much. I remember when I used to paint, it was usually better before I played with it.

Robin said...

Wow, I think it looks great. I could never get the hang of painting so I am duly impressed. An artiste!

Brent Buckner said...

Thanks for sharing that!

Holly said...

Nancy, outstanding! I have the deepest respect for those who choose painting as their medium and form of artistic expression.

TriFeist said...

If that's a "rough draft", I can't wait to see the finished work. Very, very nice.

Siren said...

OMG, you've got some serious talent! That's truly amazing.

*jeanne* said...

How wonderful to be able to paint! I tried Art classes in college - my stuff was so UGLY I had to stop. I HATED it!

Keep doing it if it's fun, and I bet you'll start being more satisfied with your own work.