Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Seen Between Columbus and Cincinnati

Ohio Roadside.  Watercolor.
10 x 14 ish
Spring, for whatever reason, tips easily over into a frantic pace.  We barely have time to breathe, let alone sit down and relax.  I'm not sure if that's a symptom of our time, the age of our kids, or some undetermined factor.  But, it can be exhausting, and worse, hard to find time to paint.

Along those lines, a few weeks ago, I chaperoned a group of kids attending the Ohio Model United Nations Conference in Columbus, OH.  I was lucky enough to car pool up with a friend as well as fellow chaperone, which allowed me the opportunity to snap a few pics.  (When we got home, we rolled directly into a school concert...see what I mean about frantic?)

If you've never been to OH, the highway between Cincinnati and Columbus is....well....flat as a pancake.  Lots of corn fields.  It says mid-west in a very unapologetic way.  It does not say spring, despite the fact that it's well past mid-March.  Ohio can be very stubborn while being beautiful.

Above is my interpretation, and below is the photo I riffed from.  The painting is limited to four colors, quin burnt orange, quin gold, ultramarine blue, and manganese blue hue.  Fabriano 300 lb rough watercolor paper.

Here's to future calmness.


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