What inspires me to paint….

Even in grade 6  I knew I wanted to be an artist as pictured below.  It didn’t hurt that I won two whole dollars as first prize that I could splurge on candy (don’t really remember what I spent it on but that is a good guess…that was a lot of candy in those days…many moons ago!!!).

Carole first prize

 

Fast forward in time to the present time and I am so blessed to be able to paint everyday now (making a bit more than two dollars per painting).  My inspirations are still nature in all it’s glory.  I do tend to take lots of pics for reference material and some sketches on location.  A few months ago my husband and I visited Acadia National Park in Maine, USA.  There we found a treasure trove of mature birches on a lovely summer morning with light softly beaming thru the forest.  If any of you know of great birch groves I should check out please let me know.  I personally have never seen this many healthy large birches and will return to this spot in the future to capture various seasons.  Let me share a pic of this particular day:

Acadia National Park birches.jpg

….and here is a painting that was inspired by this visit.  Lots of texture and palette work.

Treescape 41117 15x30 WEB
Treescape 41117, 15 inches by 30 inches.

Another favorite place to visit is along the Nova Scotia shorelines.  Waves are like snowflakes in that each one is different depending on time of day and weather conditions.  I return again and again to my favorite spots.

Lawrencetown Beach photo shoot

…..and here is one of my recent paintings inspired by the above photo shoot:

Shoreline Study 36117 24x48 WEB
Shoreline Study 36117, 24 inches by 48 inches.

Thanks for reading this, hope you can relate in some way.  Cheers, Carole.

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