I walk a lot – for exercise and sanity – long walks through my neighborhood in the mornings before work. There are certain homes that tend to draw my attention over and over, for various reasons. There’s one I love, way up at the top of my walk at the northeast corner of Shorewood, Wisconsin – I’ve photographed this home over and over.

The house is so pretty – fresh white paint and dark trim – the graphic quality draws my eye. Add to that the fact that in the morning the sun blasts through the tree in front of the house to throw a cacophony of dappled light effects onto the house. The view is stunning, day after day, and I have often thought I’d like to try painting that scene. Over the last week I finally took on the task and above is the result.

The work is digital, I painted it using software on my tablet. I’ve moved to digital – originally for storage concerns. However, I’ve really grown to love working digitally, for many reasons. First of all, unlike traditional watercolor I can make endless changes and edits. Second of all, digital format offers a whole new realm of techniques to be learned and mastered – a whole new set of fun creative challenges (woot!). Also, I can take my tablet with me anywhere and as long as I have power to charge it, I can paint and paint and paint. And finally, there’s the original reason for choosing digital – storage. After 10 years of seriously pursuing a painting career, I have an attic full of canvases in various states of done-ness and twice as much as that in art supplies. It’s a problem. Digital fixes all of that.

Anyway – hoping to keep this going for years to come! 😀

RO

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