|Gulf Islands National Seashore©Theresa Grillo Laird - oil on canvas - 22x36|
Permanent Collection U.S. Federal Reserve Board
Sometimes though, I'll choose a subject just to explore and learn from. This past week I've gone no further than the back yard of a house in New Jersey. There's nothing remarkable about the scene of three backyard sheds with an immense fir tree towering over them, yet I'm working on my third version.
The first version I painted over a two hour period in the late morning. I was attracted to the peeling blue and white paint on the middle shed and the deep darkness of the tree branches.
|Backyard Sheds©Theresa Grillo Laird - oil on canvas - 11x14|
The second version I painted late in the day. I forced myself to work much faster than I usually paint. It was finished in thirty minutes. I was surprised at how effortless this one was after the more thought through first study.
|Backyard Sheds 2 ©Theresa Grillo Laird - oil on canvas - 11x14|
The third version, still in progress, is an exploration of the mosaic of color and texture in the fir tree very late in the day.
|Backyard Sheds 3©Theresa Grillo Laird - oil on canvas - 11x14|