The weather has swung to warmer temps - finally - but the fierce wind yesterday kept us indoors most of the day. We ventured downtown for a while, even took in the exhibits at our small history museum -- so good!!! The exhibits so reminded me of why I love Oxford - it showcased our unique architecture (though I don't paint it very often); the farms and barns (my favorites); oral histories; our county's emphasis on education; our wonderful rolling hillsides and rural ways ....
This painting is from a photo reference I've had in my files for several years, and one that I painted about three or four years ago. I've simplifed it, changed the lake into a river and added a mountain ... but what draws me to this view are the fields of wildflowers. Here and there along my drives, I'm beginning to see the wildflowers (predominantly weeds -- still so wonderfully colorful) -- making their spring appearance.
I'm waiting for the wild mustards to bloom closer to home - they've already done so south of me ...I LOVE seeing those bright yellow fields, though our farmers dread the work they'll need to do to rid their fields of those plants in order to grow field crops ....
Soon .... soon ...
Have a great day!
Sunday, April 03, 2011