A friend of mine on facebook put this picture on his timeline some time ago. I placed it in my favorites and kept going back to look at it from time to time. I really wanted to draw it, but I had to think on it for a while. Partly, I thought about it because I needed to decide how it must be done, but also I wanted to be in the right frame of mind before tackling it.
I thought it turned out quite nice, especially since I decided to paint the sunshine peeking through the clouds with an acrylic wash. I really needed to convey this sunshine in a tremendous way. I like how it worked. Quite pleased. Of course, I am no photographer, so getting the right photo is definitely a challenge. I am learning about lighting. Too much light and it isn’t represented correctly, too little and it’s just too dark. The trick for me is finding that “Happy Place” where it is just right.
We had a snow day today, Ha! I laugh because there is no snow! There hasn’t been all day. The school system with which I work, was talked into it by the weathermen of Nashville, TN.. They speak of weather illusively until it’s here for all the world to see, but yesterday they were all so confident that the weather would turn on us, that they talked the school system into believing them. Ha! Wrong! No snow! So, hundreds of kids are stuck home playing video games and watching tv instead of going to school. And, I get a snow day…. that wonderful day where I don’t go to school, I’m not sick and I get paid for it! Ha! We have not had the extreme snow problem that has plagued the US of late. We have had frigid weather one day and spring like days the next. A very strange winter, we already have used 3 of our 6 snow days, so I hope that we continue to live without snow now. But, I say that understanding that many, including members of my own family have been stranded, stopped and over taken by snowstorms…..
May we all see the sunshine really soon! Spring….. where are you?