Welcome to my little corner of the universe.

My journey into the world of art began by watching Mom. She could work magic with a bit of paint and a brush. I was fascinated by how she could transform a flat blank canvas into a beautiful work of art. Now, several years later, I'm continuing in the footsteps I followed as a child watching Mom. Thanks for your inspiration and guidance!!!!

"If you don't try - you won't know you can...." Marie (Mom) Janssen

Saturday, August 6, 2011

"Lightening the Load" WIP

The piano was packed for the for the long trip west; carefully wrapped in the quilt your mother and grandmother stitched as a wedding gift.   In the back of your mind you knew it would tax the oxen, but your husband reluctantly agreed to bring the piano, along with other treasures and heirlooms  -and don't forget your precious books.  The oxen are strong but grass has become minimal and the they weaken with each passing day..............

Grazing becomes more scarce and the oxen tire easily.   The load will have to be lightened or you'll never make it to your destination.  The decision is made to unload the piano along with many of your precious possessions. One last song is played before heading up the trail.  The wagon slowly makes it up the hill.  Your eyes are fixed forward - looking back would be too painful.

Composition 2:  Think I like this composition better.  The piano is more of a focal point.  Now, I have to let it dry completely before continuing.

Composition 1:  Well - it's a start.  Have the rough sketch and under painting nearly finished.  I'm noticing that there is a bit too much symmetry of the objects on either side of the trail.  Will have to "fix" that before moving any further.

Any comments or suggestions are very much appreciated!!!!