Look Cranes!!!

That’s what I always say when I see sandhill cranes. I see them, I grab my phone, and I take tons of pictures. Then I tell myself I need to paint these amazing birds. Then I don’t.

Then I hit “repeat” because I see cranes again, then I yell out that fact, look for my phone, and take more pictures. So I had to break the cycle. I also needed to get my watercolors out again. It’s been a year. Let’s paint some cranes!!!

I got my paper out, reference photos, paint and water. Ready to paint; I painted. Then I threw that sheet away and started again. This is my second effort. I enjoyed painting the cranes but what do I do with the background. I know you should start with the background first. (It says that in all of the art books.)

My friends gave me different suggestions for backgrounds but I ended up loving the blades of grass the best. I thought it made the painting look contemporary. Can’t explain why, but I like using a word that has more then two vowels. Contemporary. It makes me feel like a big time artist.

So here are my cranes. I call them “My Three Stars”.

“My Three Stars”

Life Lesson

My 11 year old granddaughter sent me a picture she had taken of a zebra. She wanted to know what I thought of the photo. Like any good grandma I used encouraging words about her photographic abilities. I then said I would love to one day paint it. She quickly responded that she hoped I would say that and yes I could paint from her photo. She had one requirement. “Grandma, I want credit for the photo.”

Hum, now where did she learn about that? I assured her I would and proceeded to paint her zebra. I have asked her if she liked the final product. She whole heartedly said yes she loved it.

Now she hasn’t asked me if she can have the painting. But I’ve been thinking. If she does should I give her a life lesson that includes a payment plan??

“All Black and White” acrylic on canvas 18”x24”

Reference photo. Original photo taken by “Leena Merchant”.

A Pop of Pink

I love the barns that have a quilt block attached to them. In fact there is a brochure you can get from Wisconsin tourism that maps out where quilted barns can be found by county. I have found many in Rock and Monroe Counties but not all are identified on a map.

My husband and I were on STH 33 heading east towards West Bend when I saw this quilted barn. We had to stop. The quilt design looked pretty new. It was definitely newer then the barn. I loved it. The bright pink rose popping out against the weathered wood of this old barn. I thought it was so pretty.

I painted that barn but I had to add some sheep and snow. Sheep always makes a painting look better. ❤️ Snow is coming. The temperatures are dropping and I already miss the fall days.

I think it’s going to be a long winter, but next year has got to be better then 2020. So find someone you love and hunker down. Be sure to have plenty of hot chocolate on hand. Before you know it spring is here and it will be garage sale season again.

“Winter is Here“. 11×14 acrylic $100