Do you ever drive around and just can’t take your eyes off the sky? Off the clouds? This was one of those days. Myrrh and I were driving down a back road outside of Bellville, Texas, it was a straight road with fields on either side and the sky went on and on. We just needed a place to pull over, what was on the ground didn’t really matter, it was the sky we wanted to paint. But we needed a place to pull over, so we found space right next to a long dirt drive up to an old house. We set up to paint and my easel was actually in the middle of that drive. Halfway into the painting a car pulled up and I thought she just wanted to see our paintings, but no, I was blocking the road to her house.
In my painting I did have her little country house, but I took it out because I didn’t think the painting needed it. If it doesn’t add to the painting, then it doesn’t need to be there. That’s a BIG rule in painting, at least for me. It’s especially good to remember that as I’m working on simplifying my paintings down to the essence of the design.
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