"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."
I'm off to a fresh start for the new year! I'm going to focus my creative efforts this year on completing lots and lots of sketches of Greene County, PA, where I live. My ultimate goal is to one day publish a book of my sketches. Wow! That's a big goal and something that will take considerable time and effort, but I'm taking the first small step toward it by starting with PAGE 1 of my new sketchbook.
I live in a beautiful rural area of southwestern Pennsylvania, and idyllic scenes worthy of brush or pen lie waiting around every bend in the road. I didn't travel far to find these two views - they're just down the road from my home.
The next day was clear and sunny, with a bright blue sky and puffy white clouds. What a relief after the weeks of grey, snowy days we had experienced in December! I enjoyed watching the two horses sunning themselves and napping in the sunshine in front of the barn. This is a scene I've been itching to paint for years, every time I drive by it - and I finally did!
That evening, I took Buckley for a walk in our woods and picked up these acorns along the way. It's nice to have something to paint back in the studio where I can stay nice and warm, instead of being parked in a chilly van on the roadside.
So, wish me luck on my journey! I'll be sharing plenty of sketches this year of our little corner of the world.