Are you searching for the meaning of life?
Look no further than your (or
someone else’s) back yard!
There are few things more joyful than a relaxed day of backyard plein air painting. Add to that a stash of fresh new painting boards and I am in heaven. Here are a few of my sketches with photos that inspired them.
This is my famous backyard setup, all with the giant Utrecht umbrella which was a gift from my hubby from his trip to San Francisco, a few years ago. He somehow managed to board the plane with it in the carry-on luggage. When the pilot spotted it during disembarking, his shock at the sight of a huge spear-looking object on his plane left him speechless. So instead of the customary “thanks for flying with us”, he only managed a dirty look. The umbrella is way too big to carry on a hiking plain air trip, but it works great in the back yard, as witnessed here!
I titled this sketch “A Chair for You My Dear”. Painting dappled sunlight should be prescribed as a treatment against any sort of sadness. I had to finish it in haste due to an overly critical wasp.
You wouldn't believe how mesmerizing a humble garden hose can be.
And finally, the challenge of a circular pavement pattern. I could fiddle with it all day.
Now how much fun was that!
Think you can do this? I bet you will, so grab your paint box and your bug spray and get on with it; there is no better time to start than today (alright, tomorrow morning will do).