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9th Annual Art-a-Day Challenge, January 2017!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Clover Island Stroll

"Clover Island Stroll" 11x14, oil on board, ©Laura Gable
Today was the perfect day to complete this unfinished plein air study. It was started on a lovely September day on Clover Island here in Kennewick, WA. The island has been going through a facelift over the past few years, with the addition of the lighthouse and these lovely foliage lined curving paths with boardwalk viewing bump outs. Though it was a breezy day that started out with intermittent sprinkles, it turned into a bright sun filled afternoon ... perfect for painting lighthouses. This pair of friendly walkers happened by at the right time so we can get a sense of scale of the vertical shapes.

Today's effort involved adding the figures, and refining the shape of the trees and clouds, plus altering the colors on the lighthouse and pathway. I'm wanting to do more in this series. Hopefully it will warm a bit so an outdoor excursion is possible ... or I will dig through my photographs to find a worthy candidate to paint. So that's the day's awareness ... paint in a series.

This was shared by my friend recovering from hip surgery, and it feels very fitting for this painting: "God is good, He widens our path so we don't stumble." May you have wide clear paths today. 

8 comments:

Bobi Wilson said...

Love this!

Patricia Kirch said...

I love the layers behind the front layers. Great shadow colors, again everything.
Patti

Nancy said...

I really love how the lighthouse really pops out against that great sky! Nice!!!

Laura Gable said...

Thanks friends. We really are blessed with this lovely Clover island, lighthouse & boats to paint, draw, sketch ...

Patricia Kirch said...

I saw the lighthouse Saturday night and let my husband know that that's the one Laura posted on Art a Day! Cool! Right now I am bouncing between a book arts project and a weaving project. Because I played around with colours over the weekend, it helped me solve some perplexing design issues. Can't post what's in my head! lol
Patti K

Laura Gable said...

Patti, we could have you drink a florescent solution and take a picture of your head in the dark ... no?

Can't wait to see what you post from your design conundrums.

a woman who is said...

Yes this must be painted a lot. I took some great photo's this summer on Clover Island. Lovely Laura =)

Chell Design said...

I hope to see many other developed areas along the river with this much charm and invitation to walk and linger.

You've captured it well!