Drive by…

twice and you are sure to spot a good picture-taking opportunity.

I actually paid attention to my alarm this morning and woke up at 6:00 a.m.  I was eager to venture out toward more farmland that my friend and fellow artist Bryan Mark Taylor (Click on this to see his artwork) had recommended as a great place to take pictures. Bryan is a plein air artist and knows the perfect places to visit if you admire beautiful landscapes.  Bryan knows I love taking pictures of landscapes so he was the perfect person to get recommendations from and I was not disappointed.  As you will see from the slide show I have created of just a few of the many pictures I took.

I spent about 6 hours driving first out to Tremonton, Utah and then crisscrossed over multiple farmland towns to gather my pictures.  6 hours may seem like a long time to be driving around in your car but I enjoyed every minute.  I have a habit of considering picture angles as I approach every area/subject I take an interest in. As a result, I tend to drive past a subject/area in one direction and then return in the opposite direction. This takes time but the results are usually worth it.  The subject can look totally different due to light and angle.

I just have to tell you about this very bewildered look I got from this one farmer on his tractor.  He was friendly and waved to me as I was getting in my car after a photo opt moment. I can only imagine  what he was thinking, “Who the heck is this girl in flip-flops driving around in a sports car out in the country?” I am sure I seemed as out-of-place as a cowboy would be in downtown Walnut Creek, CA.  His look was priceless and I really wish I had a picture of him to go on this blog post.

I must have taken over a hundred pictures.  I have to laugh at myself because I wonder if I got this landscape picture habit from my grandfather.  As a child, I loved watching the old-fashioned slide show with real slides. I thought it was fun to see pictures on this old fold out screen. So, after my grandfather passed away I looked at all his slides he had gathered over the years thinking that there would be a lot of family pictures on the slides. I was so surprised to see picture after picture of various landscapes and buildings of places he had visited.  I thought it was strange at the time. Who would want all these pictures without people in them? Now I get it.  He was amazed as I am at the wonder and beauty on this great Earth.

I use some of my pictures to paint and/or create impressionist Photoshop type art.  My love of painting came from my grandmother. She is never far out of my thoughts as I paint. I carry my paints in her wooden paint box. Inside, the box are hand written notes about which colors she mixed and used for specific subjects. I even use the same  small metal easel she used.  Now I wonder if she used some of grandpa’s pictures as references in her paintings just as I use my pictures today.  I wish I could ask her this question and much much more.  I can think of nothing better than having an afternoon with my grandmother and painting side by side. Perhaps in our next life.

Today, if you have a chance to see each of the pictures of the slide show, I would love to hear which one you think I should use for a painting. I realize the slide show does not show names of pics but just describe the one you like I and I will figure it out.   Also, if you just have a favorite that should stay as is and printed/framed I would love to know that too. If you wave the cursor over the bottom half of the picture a pause button will appear if you want to look at a picture longer. 🙂 I have to be honest that I am not a confident artist by any means. So your feedback will help me to know if I am headed in the right direction as I improve  my skills.


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One thought on “Drive by…

  1. How beautiful! There are so many favorites – but maybe the best one is. where the tree branches come down from the top – and I think there are horses grazing far away. I would love to see that area sometime – the farmland with the mountains is so lovely. You must show these pictures to Brian when you get home. xox


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