“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Jefferson fence #2

This is a photograph of another side of that wonderful yard we found in Jefferson. My thought/plan is to incorporate these images into a painting, but I'm so enjoying manipulating the photos that I may not. (Of course, the images are in my head, so no doubt they'll work their way onto a canvas in some way or another.) When I was in school, drawing classes always required keeping a sketchbook, and showing that book to the teacher, and while that was perfectly fine in anatomy & life drawing, I always had a huge problem doing that with other classes. I tend to work things out in my head - which is weird because you'd think I'd never get stuck on a painting & would finish everything quickly & easily, but I don't. I guess I work out the idea in my head & then let the details figure themselves out , which, yes, does make sense, because that explains the sketchbook problem. Once I began the sketch & then kept going, it would cease being a sketch & become the drawing. Which I then couldn't duplicate. In fact, I had such a problem with it that my very favorite teacher stopped requiring me to keep a sketchbook - he knew that I wasn't slacking, that I just approached a piece in a different way. And, bless his heart, he didn't fight that. He just accepted it, understood it, let me know it was okay, and graded me on the finished work. (All A's, if I do say so myself.)


  1. I am so loving this little fence!

    I wish so much that I knew how to fill a sketchbook with wonderful bursts of creative outflow.

    I would love to see a painting inspired by this lovely photograph.

  2. Jaime - I, too, am loving this more & more. I am sure a painting will show up in the future.

    Thanks so much.


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