How do these paintings come about, you ask. Let's go on a photographic journey through my visual and conceptual painting process so you can peek inside the mind of an adventurous artist. I began with an idea of painting beautiful Mount Hood and some crazy grass colors. I painted this from my head with no photographic reference.
I was excited when while at Columbia Crest Vineyards, in Underwood, Washington, I spotted these beautiful daisies. I laid down low on the ground to get the flowers to break the plane of the mountain just like the previous work done from my imagination.
Now I had the photographic reference for the painting I'd conceptualized a year earlier. I had to edit out some flowers and sharpen the mountain image.
Here is how my first painting turned out. I used the photographic reference a lot and kept the colors fairly close to the image.
I was pretty happy with the first painting when a friend requested a custom version for a prime spot, over her fireplace. So this new version was created. I felt the daisies in the first one were a bit fussy, so I played it loose with these and shifted the colors to an autumn sunset sort of tone. My friend suggested the chartreuse color, which I love.