Happy Labor Day! I decided to "labor" at home today for the 30 in 30 Challenge. It was unusually cool this morning and I took my coffee and book to the back porch and spent a lazy hour enjoying the peacefulness. I'm usually up and out the door everyday and now I know why. Once I sat down, I didn't want to get up. I didn't want to get out of my pajamas. But the morning sunlight was beckoning and I knew I needed to get started painting. In search of something to paint within walking distance from my back porch, I settled on the roses beside my garage. They were glowing in the morning sunlight and I just couldn't resist.
With the cool morning air giving way to hot sunshine, I had to go in search of my umbrella so I could settle in to paint. Then the biting flies came and decided to make an early lunch of the back of my knees. So I spent a couple of hours painting while stomping like a horse. First one leg, then the other. And yes, I have bug spray somewhere, but I was too engrossed in my painting to take the time to go find it.
I really enjoyed painting this little vignette. I really tried to squint to capture the patterns of light and dark and keep the detail to a minimum. Quite a challenge but I'm pleased with the results. I'd like to try it again this month.....with bug spray next time.
14" x 11" oil on linen panel