Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Sunnyside Up ©2009 Karen Mathison Schmidt
6 x 6 • acrylic on Gessobord

SOLD • private collection, Leonding, Austria

Another one from the sunflower patches in Gilliam, Louisiana. I usually don’t like depicting outdoor subjects at midday, in full sun ... like most artists, photographers and film makers, I prefer the “magic hours” of early morning, late afternoon or dusk, when the natural light and shadows are more dramatic and fleeting. But the color of these sunflowers against that summer sky was just irresistible!

This afternoon we’re going over to my parents’ for hamburgers and such. I had to break the news to the dogs this morning that we won’t be doing sparklers this year because of the drought. The pasture is really dry, and we certainly don’t want everything going up in smoke!

I gave them all a couple of extra Milkbones at lunch time to make up for it.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July, everyone!

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Helen Read said...

wow... these are almost electric! Love the way you've shown them :)

canngil said...

this is such an inspiration! I am trying to teach myself to paint during my off hours (ha!)because I cannot squeeze (or find) a painting class to fit my schedule. You have given me the names of some colors I should have also to make the rich shades! Thanks so much!!