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Shari
09-17-2006, 12:10 PM
Kyle suggested I start a thread with pics of our yards; this was inspired by Deborah's amazing view. I will just put the pics of my back yard view here for now.

This first one is my back yard view in May when the vetch is still blooming:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/2330-may_04_hills2_copy.jpg

This next one is an autumn shot, further to the right, it is my immediate back yard which, sadly, is going to be turned into a housing development. It has been my backyard for 23 years; it used to be where people kept their horses. There are several natural hot springs on this piece of land. In the past (probably 1600-1800's) it was Sacred Natived American Land. That little white building is where they kept the hay for the horses until the land was recently sold.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/2330-backyard_nov_03_copy.jpg

And this is a recent sunset from my upper back deck. The peak on these hills is called Grizzly Peak and yesterday morning there was a light dusting of snow on top.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/2330-sunset_hills_august_06_copy.jpg


We have beautiful mountains all around us. We live where the Cascade and Siskiyou mountains meet. Okay, let's see your backyards, and your views; and maybe your paintings from those views.

beebluefern
09-17-2006, 12:36 PM
I don't have anything to look at that is this good!! :thumbsup: (some trees that hide a busy road...I live in an apartment in the burbs:( ) What lovely views you have, but I am sorry to hear it has been sold for development! Must be so inspirational to have scenery like that right outside your door-I'm glad you had it in pristine condition for 23 years anyway.:D

I do have some nice autumn leaves every year

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/34609-AutumnCCA.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/34609-leaves_in_autumn.jpg

Kathryn Wilson
09-17-2006, 12:45 PM
Maybe we could suggest that anything is posted could be used for paintings - if that is all right - we need to keep things in pastel talk painting related - so if you don't want your photo used by anyone else, please don't post.

DFGray
09-17-2006, 01:54 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/1921-1300june29sm.jpg
June '06, 24 x 18"

Goobiemom
09-17-2006, 02:01 PM
Well, I decided to pop in as I infrequently do, and was delighted to see this
thread. Shari, I'd like to meet you and maybe do some plein air this fall! I live in Gresham. Hubby and I may be in Bandon and go home through Jacksonville, probably in Oct. PM me if you're interested!
It seems we're lucky in this neighborhood...looking at the houses in our area we're the only ones with views of three mountains from within the house. Mt Adams is a little east of Mt St Helens and Mt Hood can be seen out our bedroom window! That's Mt St Helens with a small eruption this last spring. She's still burping and regrowing the dome within the crater left after the major eruption which blew the top and side out back in the 80's.


Judy

dbjs
09-17-2006, 02:34 PM
oh, some nice views there. Here's some of mine:
This is my garden seen from my kitchen window:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/70378-IMG_2320.JPG

Here is the same kitchen view, out over the ocean, a small lake, a creak and some woods (a lot of things in one window view, unfortunatly it's very hard too se the water on this photo:( )
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/70378-IMG_2317.JPG

And to the other side of the house we have the fishers habour:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/70378-IMG_2325.JPG

And last but not least the evening skye over the city view:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/70378-himmelen2lille.jpg

CindyW
09-17-2006, 04:07 PM
Shari, this is a great thread! It's always fun to see the world and what we all see out our windows. What an absolutely beautiful view you have, wow! I need to get another trip planned out there soon, it's been too long. I'm sorry there's land development happening soon. :(
Pam, trees are beauteous in themselves! I have seen so many lovely paintings of trees, the kind of trees that I passed by in earlier years...I see a painting in every tree now.
Judy, that orange tree is on fire, wow, look at that color!
Dan, gorgeous painting of your abode.
Dorte, the sunset is really striking!
Thanks for sharing.

Here's my neck of the woods...
This is the Wisteria and lavendar path that leads down into the woods on the side of my home.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/51674-Yard_0612.jpg

The back yard. My husband built the gazebo with some help from my brother. It's so cool in there on a hot summer day.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/51674-Yard_9572.jpg

Flowers are so fleeting! You gotta enjoy them and breathe them in as they arrive since they don't stick around all summer!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/51674-Yard_9889.jpg

Winter view of the side woods path where the Wisteria path is.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/51674-yard_7260.jpg

Winter view of the front yard and the road up above.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/51674-Yard_7284.jpg

Cindy :wave:

Kathryn Wilson
09-17-2006, 04:19 PM
Cool photos everybody! And Dan, your painting is wonderful, as ever.

So, if you've done a painting looking at your yard, post it here!

ponting
09-17-2006, 04:53 PM
Now you can see by this photo of my front field that 'Weed'n Feed' isn't on my shopping list.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/34523-Mik-walking-in-dandelions.jpg

Cheers, Dianna

Tressa
09-17-2006, 05:22 PM
I don't have much of a view, hence the baby trees:rolleyes: ...be glad when they grow a bit
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/76189-PICT0001-1.JPG
BUT, this is the view from my Mom's back yard...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/76189-today124_copy.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/76189-today128_copy.jpg

Tres

Jo Castillo
09-17-2006, 07:53 PM
Here you go. These are at home in Texas, the Lost Pines. (Views (http://jocastilloartblog.blogspot.com/2006_08_06_jocastilloartblog_archive.html) in NM on my blog Roses in the backyard, mountains near Magdalena, windmill near Deming)
(Photoloader not working so using thumbnails) Front yard, pastel painting with Flag, 16 x 20 on Pastelbord.
Photo of backyard by Joanna, daughter.
Jo

Artistammy
09-17-2006, 08:07 PM
I live in a small city. The sky is the best part of our view. Here's a sunset.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/3341-Sunset-04WC.jpg

watergirl
09-17-2006, 09:22 PM
Wow! Some great pics of beautiful places. We live next to the Puget Sound across the water from Port Townsend. We get to see submarines, cruise ships, whales, eagles and the Olympic mountains on a clear day. The sunsets, when we have them, are spectacular!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/43083-sunsetwc1.jpg

Deborah Secor
09-17-2006, 10:39 PM
Wow--some really pretty spots here! Glad my neighborhood painting inspired this thread. :D

Here's my actual back yard...the little shed is directly opposite the back of the house.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/23609-back-aug06.jpg

And here's the side yard...with the old tree house that's almost gone now.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/23609-side-fall06.jpg
Both of these were taken in the last couple of weeks.

But THIS is where I spend more of my time, it seems!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/23609-calvaryabq06.jpg
My church...Calvary Albuquerque! :lol: It's not as natural but at least it's scenic, in its own way! :heart:

Deborah

watergirl
09-17-2006, 11:10 PM
One more from me! As I sit in my studio I can look out the skylight window and see the Olympic mountains. Here is the sunset tonight!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/43083-today_006.jpg

Bhavana Vijay
09-17-2006, 11:11 PM
What a great thread Shari and what wonderful views!

This is the view from our living room window, this afternoon and one cold snowy winter day last year.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/70937-sept06_279.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/70937-feb_009.jpg

We have this beautiful lake right outside our cul de sac with 2 swans, many ducks, couple of apple trees and benches to sit on.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/70937-swans.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/70937-lake.jpg

The view from my bedroom window

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/70937-window.jpg

ponting
09-17-2006, 11:37 PM
wow some beautiful places, flowers and sunsets!! God must be an artist:) !!

Cheers, Dianna :wave:

Piper Ballou
09-17-2006, 11:51 PM
Well, I am a desert rat, I envy a little those who have grass and more grass but the sunsets make up for it.

looking west from our backyard
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/8539-IMG_0634.jpg

still looking west from our backyard- just a few days later
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/8539-July_7,_2006_020.jpg

during the day a lot of the desert around us looks like this, this is not too far from our house
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/8539-100_0696.jpg

Karen Margulis
09-18-2006, 02:38 PM
What a fun thread! It's so interesting to see where everyone lives. What amazing views some of you have! One thing I don't have here which I miss is a Vista. We can't see a good sunset because we are surrounded by so many trees (though that's not bad to have a lot of trees) But that's why I love to travel to the beach or the desert so I can see for miles! The best part of my yard is the 5 cherry trees I planted. This year they were at their very best.
Karen
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Sep-2006/53551-KEM_011.jpg

Jo Castillo
09-18-2006, 06:51 PM
Karen, (KMar), I agree with you about sunsets. That is one of the things I love about New Mexico and the high deserts. Beautiful cherry trees.

All the yards are interesting and beautiful.
Jo

fortysomething
09-19-2006, 09:51 AM
This was taken from the back porch. The two story house next to the privacy fence is visible in the winter months.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/64375-Backyard2.jpg

Taken looking across the previous view behind that big tree:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/64375-Backyard1.jpg

From a back corner. As you can see, we're still reconstructing from when my hubby waterproofed the basement- from the outside. I also prefer my sheets dried on the clothsline.:D
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/64375-Backyard3.jpg

We get tomatoes, squash & lettuce from the garden, and the birds enjoy the sunflowers. The porch has been finished since this was taken.

Goobiemom
09-19-2006, 04:39 PM
Wow! What stunning shots of everything! This is enough to drive an artist like me crazy because I want to paint them all, but don't take the time to. No doubt God is an artist, like Diana said! The vivid color is just too much for me...I gotta go paint.......

Judy:lol:

scall0way
09-19-2006, 05:20 PM
Wow, so many of you have such breath-taking views. I could just sit and stare all day long! I just live in a fairly built-up suburban setting and just look out a row of houses across the street. The best view is actually looking AT my house, :lol:, so here is a picture of my house taken from across the street, a little Victorian built in 1899. Always a lot of work but I do love it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/62165-My_house_-_July_2002.jpg

But I took a few pictures a couple years ago when we had a big blizzard! So here are a few shots of my neighborhood.

1) This is my front yard, and looking across the street. I have several bird feeders in my yard, and the birds were happy that day!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/62165-looking-out-my-front-door.jpg

This is how the street looked, looking up the street.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/62165-looking-up-the-street.jpg

And this is the church where I sing in the choir at the top of the block. Only 28 people made it to church that day, instead of the normal close to 300! We had three from the choir show up, me and two other women. But one of the women lives a few miles away and walked for an HOUR to get there! Now thats' dedication. But even with only three in the choir we actually sang an anthem for the congregation, one requiring only SA voices (we had one soprano and two altos)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/62165-Glen-Ridge-Congregational-Church.jpg

I don't seem to have any online images of my yard or neighborhood in nice weather. It's just not interesting enough. But this last one shows some goldfinches in their winter plumage at one of my bird feeders,

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/62165-Goldfinches-1-Feb-11.jpg

*Deirdre*
09-19-2006, 05:36 PM
Wow! Lots of these wonderful views are so paintable! Mine is less spectacular and English!:D
The main part of the garden
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/33616-05190041.jpg
From beyond the gap in the trees
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/33616-05190044.jpg
There's a hundred acre cornfield...with nothing but corn in it!:D

Tressa
09-19-2006, 07:20 PM
Since my view is rather limited from my yard, I thought I would share my lunchtime view..This is where I chilled yesterday for an hour.Tres
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/76189-PICT0032-1.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/76189-PICT0040-1.JPG
These are in the park near my work and home on the South River

Paula Ford
09-19-2006, 08:54 PM
WOW, what a great thread Shari...will be back after finding some photos of my back yard.

Paula

David Patterson
09-19-2006, 09:14 PM
WOW - there are some nice views in here! I wish we lived in the country - some of your views are just amazing! We settle for nice sunrises, and interesting sunsets. We do have a beautiful view of Mt. Rainier from the back of our house. The 2nd photo is a sunrise captured at 6:00 AM last winter (I think).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/65479-orangesunsetAB.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2006/65479-MtRainierSRabs.jpg

Jo Castillo
09-22-2006, 08:30 PM
I also prefer my sheets dried on the clothsline.:D

Lisa,
Oh, I love sheets on the line as well. Gene had to put some lines up in our temporary summer house using the fence for posts! Have some happy sleeping.
Jo

sundiver
09-22-2006, 10:34 PM
This is behind our backyard, taken last October.(1) See the deer?
To the left of that and 2 lots over, the view was this in April. (2)
Where the big shovel thingy was, looks like this (3) now, and where the deer are will look like this in a year.:crying:
Of course you are welcome to paint any of this, and it is/was great for plein airs, but is obviously becoming less paintable as time passes, more's the pity.

Paula Ford
09-24-2006, 11:33 AM
This isn't a full view of my backyard, but just a small portion as a herd of deer passed through yesterday. :D I love them!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Sep-2006/1978-backyard.JPG

prettytulips
09-24-2006, 12:18 PM
Shari, this is a great thread! It's always fun to see the world and what we all see out our windows. What an absolutely beautiful view you have, wow! I need to get another trip planned out there soon, it's been too long. I'm sorry there's land development happening soon. :(
Pam, trees are beauteous in themselves! I have seen so many lovely paintings of trees, the kind of trees that I passed by in earlier years...I see a painting in every tree now.
Judy, that orange tree is on fire, wow, look at that color!
Dan, gorgeous painting of your abode.
Dorte, the sunset is really striking!
Thanks for sharing.

Here's my neck of the woods...
This is the Wisteria and lavendar path that leads down into the woods on the side of my home.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/51674-Yard_0612.jpg

The back yard. My husband built the gazebo with some help from my brother. It's so cool in there on a hot summer day.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/51674-Yard_9572.jpg

Flowers are so fleeting! You gotta enjoy them and breathe them in as they arrive since they don't stick around all summer!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/51674-Yard_9889.jpg

Winter view of the side woods path where the Wisteria path is.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/51674-yard_7260.jpg

Winter view of the front yard and the road up above.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2006/51674-Yard_7284.jpg

Cindy :wave:

Gorgeous! I am so jealous!!