Wednesday, December 15, 2021

February Snow

Inspiration Collaboration has been exactly what its name implies…inspiring. I’ve been encouraged (or forced) outside my comfort zone and painted things that I’d never have considered. I’m a better artist because of it. 

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.

Original Oil Painting on 9"x 12" Wrapped Canvas
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  1. Another nice painting, Helen. I love views like that! I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next for you!

  2. The past two years have been a wonderful a good way. Your inspiration paintings have pushed me beyond what I normally would have done, and I'm a better artist now because of that. How can it be two years already?? Thank you for your tribute. You paint just as beautifully in a subdued palette as you do in colour!