I do love color, but through Sara’s images and words, I’ve grown to see that lots of color is not a requirement for a picture to be beautiful. Her very first inspiration image was Barely There. When I saw that 24 months ago, I thought, “Oh, dear… I can’t do this… The image is… well… barely there!” But, I did paint a response to that one as well as the 35 that followed. What a rigorous artistic endeavor! What a pleasure!
I took this reference photo in February of 2011. It’s the view from our mailbox looking across the highway. That’s not a typo. I’ve had the image in a photo file for 10 years. I chose to use this image, this style, and this color palette for Sara’s A New Adventure to honor her.