You may recognize the image above. It’s similar to a photograph I took when I was in Myanmar in February:
I’ve been wanting to paint more, but hadn’t been making time for it. So I tricked myself into it. For me, overcoming challenges in life is often a matter of using the correct psychology on myself. Self-care and personal health don’t seem to motivate me enough. However! I am very good at keeping obligations to others. I signed up for a night class at the local community college, and now at a bare minimum, I paint once a week on Wednesday nights. My responsible brain goes to class because I respect the teacher’s time. A bonus is that I paint, which I love, and it fills my heart and makes me happy.
The instructor recommended we paint from a photo, and as a helpful suggestion, said that his students in the past painted scenes from their travels. I had been thinking of this one for a long time, but was avoiding it because it seemed too ambitious. When no other ideas came to mind, I started it.
Each Wednesday night I painted at class. Usually I painted during the week also, because the painting was still on my mind.
I particularly love how the sky turned out. There was a lot of burning happening in the region, as local people cleared land and burned the brush piles. The sky was hazy from smoke and I think you can see that in the painting. It was sunrise as we arrived at the rock, and in the photo, the sun had only reached halfway down the rock. Everything else in the photo remains in the shadow of morning.
My artistic friend Lloyd saw my very first draft (with all the white parts) and was excited about the painting, and asked me to keep him updated. I sent him new pictures of my progress every time I painted, which was usually twice a week. He was ecstatic with enthusiasm each time, and that helped me stay motivated. It felt like we were doing the project together.
Lloyd and Genevieve got married over the weekend, and I had a gift in mind that they would both love. There was really no question who was getting the painting when I finished it.
Comparing the painting to the photo here in this post, I see that I needed to add glints of sunlight to the rock. It is not bright enough where the morning sun touches it. I’ll have to bring some paint next time I visit my friends.
15 thoughts on “Painting the Golden Rock”
Really interesting to see that, there is a well defined process to go with the techniques and skills in coming up with beautiful images…
This is quite an effort and thank you so much for sharing, Crystal 🙂
Thank you so much! I think this is one of my best paintings so far.
Beautifully done – and I am glad that I am not the only one who gives paintings away
Thank you Maureen. We have that in common, and also the tendency to focus on details.
Thanks Crystal xx
So very well done, Crystal
Thank you Derrick. I love to paint and I’m glad they look good when I finish.
That turned out beautiful. And you had a great gift in the end. Keep it up. You seem to be a natural at it. Now kick me into the sewing room. I’m avoiding. Sigh.
Very pretty, Crystal. I never knew you were so artistic. Just great.
Duke! Wow, hi!! It’s so great to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I miss you and send my love. I hope your life is so much better now. I’m following your lead….
Oh my, you give particularly particular wedding gifts! Makes one wish to get married just for this! 😉 Excellent endeavour!
I cannot be held responsible for weddings!! ha ha 🙂
Thank you so much. I enjoyed painting this one, though I did get tired of foliage in the foreground. ha ha
You are welcome!