Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"Lavender Fields"

  Lavender Fields, oil on canvas, 11 x 14, © Annette Weiner 2012

I couldn't resist painting these beautiful lavender fields and charming stone house in Provence, France.  Since I haven't traveled there yet, I painted this scene from a photograph.  In an attempt to loosen up, I chose to paint in an impressionist style.  I have to admit, it was very difficult to keep myself from painting the details.  All in all, I am happy with the way this turned out.  Just think how potent the scent of lavender would be standing in the middle of these fields!

Now, photographing this piece was quite the challenge.  By daylight, the purple is purple.  By night, it becomes more violet.  I couldn't figure out why it looked like two different colors.  Then I realized that it was changing as a result of the light it was in.  Whew!  Mystery solved.

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