Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The First Step

 "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."
Lao Tzu

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.

It was an overcast day when I headed out to paint on January 1st, but New Year's Eve rains had brought the valley to life, and I could see a cast of green over all the fields, a welcome sight in the dead of winter.

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.


  1. A calendar of your work would be nice too. I'd buy one.

  2. Can I print your January picture for my calendar?

  3. I'm glad you like the picture. You're welcome to print it, but the online resolution is so low that it might not turn out as well as you would like.


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