This was a lot of fun to do! Compared to the yellow roses I painted last week — with the “millions of petals”, these pink roses were a blessed relief. And the Vasari Ruby Red was the perfect shade to use. Try as you might, some colors just can’t be mixed! After doing a series of large, very complicated setups, this one was a breeze. And the sun was making a rare appearance. It would have been such a shame to waste! After lunch I threw my paints into the truck and roared off, searching for something exciting.
I do so many road paintings that to me, they’re starting to look all alike. What could I find that was different? It had “warmed up” to about 25 degrees — up from below-zero that morning – but I still felt kind of chilled. What could I paint from inside the truck that looked interesting? As I drove south on Church Road, I saw this big, puffy cloud gliding along like a giant ship, like an old sailing ship. Majestic and regal — like something Columbus might have sailed. I always feel so excited when painting big clouds, imagining I’m up there riding along — as I sit in my truck at the side of the road.