Friday, November 16, 2012

Rural Virginia - loving living here {a new landscape painting}

{sorting photos into groups}

Twelve years ago I moved to the mid-Atlantic region, and like many twenty-somethings I thought my time here would be a short stint to build some career credentials (I was newly graduated from architecture school). Well, a lot has happened since then, like I am now a full-time artist, and I call Virginia my home, a place I never want to move away from.

One of my favorite things to do with S. is to go on weekend road trips around the region. Often I am in the passenger seat, soaking in the views, and often I am snapping photos of glimpses of the landscape. These photos may not be masterpieces, but I love them because when I view them, I am taken back in time. Reminded of where we were in our relationship and of all the hopes and dreams we were contemplating then.

Tons of photos have been taken, some so beautiful, others not, maybe because of a blurred power pole or something else marring the scene.

I have always wanted to somehow save these photos and then I realized they would be great as paintings. Salvaging the beauty within while also overcoming any shortcomings. This idea has me so inspired that I am going through all our road trip photos and looking at them with a new eye, one with a mind on how to paint them...

So, expect to see more in the future, and here is my first one of rural Virginia, down near Smithfield or Jamestown VA.

Rural Virginia

approx 5” x 9” (12.7 x 22.9 cm)– oil on gessoed paper }

{How the painting looks matted, ready to pop into an 11” x 14” frame}


Laura Leeder said...

Your love of the countryside really comes through...I have not seen this technique/presentation before.
At 1st glance I thought it was a watercolour!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Hi Laura,

Painting on gessoed paper is a great way to stretch your art materials. I happened to have a ton of watercolor paper, mainly rough and of a weight I no longer like using when I do use watercolor and I did not want the supplies to go to waste. So out came the gesso and voila, I have a surface to oil paint on!

Hope this helped out :)


Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Oh, wow! I love this, Liz. Could you please bring it with you tomorrow?