Sure, you could tell all that anyway, just from the picture, right?
I did this little drawing as my husband drove us west along the PA Turnpike in fall, 2015, on our way to Pittsburgh for our son’s wedding. I get nervous on the highway and doing things like this helps me focus my thoughts elsewhere. It’s just a little thing, this drawing, but I thought it captured the effort a truck has to make making its way through the hills and mountains of western Pennsylvania.
I added the color later, and then tore it out of the notebook and pasted it on this recycled cardboard postcard that I had painted in acrylics.
Recently I sent a package. Being thrifty, I re-used an envelope that I had received. The post office tells you to mark out any previous shipping information. When I did, with a heavy black marker, I was irresistibly reminded of a truck. So, I just went on and decorated the package with this truck and driver.
I just couldn’t help myself.
The moral of this story is: The envelope can be as important as the contents!
As I mentioned before, I’ve been doing paintings based on everyday sights around my area – some of the photos that are used as references were from the Sunshine Project and others just snapshots of daily life. Many times I’ve taken a picture out of my car window (while stopped, of course). Keeping the camera readily available has been a good idea.
Here are some paintings and the photos that inspired them. All are 8″ x 10″ on birch board, painted in acrylics.
“Old Man Fishing in the Pennypack Creek” – 8″ x 10″