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Here's a story you guys will not believe. I went out my favorite local painting spot the local state park. Set up my new American Journey Fr. Easel, which did a great job holding steady my 16x20, stretched canvas in the brisk wind. I'm happily painting away, in the zone I guess. Then a siren goes off for a brief moment...I look up and not 50 feet away from me a person is sprawled on the ground, there are 2 state trooper cars with light flashing pulled over, several other vehicles pulled over and a small crowd of police officers and other people milling around :eek: :eek: I had absolutely NO IDEA they were there :eek: :eek: Good grief!! Talk about being in your own little world :lol: I kept thinking "Gosh, I hope the police don't come over and ask me if I saw anything or had any information about what happened...because I'm going to sound like an idiot" :D :lol: :D I still don't know what actually happened....I went back to painting :lol:
03-25-2006, 04:40 PM
What a beauty, Jan! Definitely in the zone! Love that dramatic sky and weaving waterway. The color is absolutely believable.
This painting also comes with an AMAZING story! :D
03-25-2006, 05:20 PM
Nice painting Jan. Amid all the excitement too. I love the colors and feeling of distance and space.
Thanks Jamie...that dramatic sky rained on me half way through...only lasted a few minutes tho.
Thanks Donna...the misty air really helps to create that feeling of distance.
03-25-2006, 06:54 PM
What a great painting... so peaceful!
And what an incredible story.
03-25-2006, 07:16 PM
Hi Jan. :)
A good story, and an even nicer painting. :) Love the way that you have handled the middle and distant view. Good one !..Onward and upward with the bigger sizes, I see. Good for you.
Please !! Take care out there, Frank. :)
03-25-2006, 07:28 PM
i believe you!
that is all you see on American tv...
your painting remained serene
despite the drama
does this mean you misted a trick!?
or stayed focused!
either way...love the misty feel!
James or Jimmy Jim
03-25-2006, 08:38 PM
Too funny, Jan. :D Will I see you on CNN?
03-26-2006, 12:26 AM
Great story. Lovely painting. I like what you've been doing with the skies, lately! They feel so big, like you could walk right in! The large style suits your brush work.
I'm especially liking the way you've got light in the distance. Feels like there's sun out there and the clouds are let it through any moment.
03-26-2006, 07:47 AM
Don't worry Jan. They thought you we're Brian from a distance. :D
Nice sky and good scale in this one.
Frank... Thanks! 16x20 I think has become my new "standard" size, but I anticipate going larger when the weather is nicer :D
Bobbo...I think I was just focused or maybe clueless :lol:
James(Jimmy Jim) I don't think anything sinister happened...I think maybe more medical need.... though no ambulance ever arrived...lots of people walk/jog/bike through the park and although the speed limit is 25mph most people drive waaaay too fast....I'm wonderiing if there wasn't a near miss of a car hitting a walker/runner or something like that. But then who knows I was painting :D
brian...Thanks for noticing the skies....I've been trying to figure out what it is I want to "say" about the marshlands since I'm so drawn to them...I really love it there....and I think the feeling of solitude, serenity and wide openness literally and metaphorically (no boundries, endless possibiliites etc.) is what makes me love it so much. Plus the wildlife which may make a few appearances in my work in the future. And yes the sun was breaking through in the distance I almost called this one "Sun and Showers" !
Wyn....:lol: :lol: :lol: They thought you we're Brian from a distance. :D :lol: :lol: :lol:
03-26-2006, 10:28 AM
Beautiful painting. Thank is what I love about painting, you sit down, start and look up after a little while and hours have passed. Just like meditation but with something to show for it. :D
03-26-2006, 12:31 PM
Oooh, Jan! It's wonderful ... the warmth in the foreground, contrasting with the cooler and mistier distance as well as the steel blue-gray skies. Looking at it, I can feel as though I'm right there.
03-26-2006, 12:50 PM
Wow! Now that is concentration.
Jan, I love the atmoshpere in this. You captured the overcast feeling really well while keeping the landscape colorful and alive.
Just like meditation but with something to show for it:D
I like that Pam :lol:
ChouChou and tims thanks so much for looking and commenting. I was a little disappointed with the weather yesterday, but I guess it turned out alright anyhow.
03-27-2006, 06:08 AM
funny story .. nice painting
03-28-2006, 08:28 AM
nice piece Jan!!!!
a word of advice....don't ever leave your keys in your ignition of your car even though you are only yards away painting!!! It'll be quite some way down the road by the time you realize its been stolen!!! :)
yep...that zone is something else!!!
Just imagine if we could put it in pill form, imagine phizer would market that as some kind of happy pill for the stressed out!!!
03-28-2006, 10:36 AM
A very beautiful sky you captured! Hmmm I guess there's a pun in there somewhere. Interesting story too, the police weren't the only ones "capturing" that day. I found the pun, but it's not very good.
Wayne, Larry, Don...thanks for looking. Isn't it amazing how caught up we can get in our work....lots of times when people will wander over to chat they ask me how long I've been working on the painting and I usually have no idea. I completely lose any sense of time, don't know if I've been working 1.5 hours or 5 hours :lol:
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