Yesterday morning I finished a pencil portrait drawing of my son from either his 1st or 2nd day of life (I say it was the day he was born, my wife says it was the day after!) Either way, he’s such an angel and looked so peaceful laying on our bed, in the very spot he was born!
Last weekend one of our good friends graduated from George Mason University, after beginning his college education in the U.S. several years ago. As an immigrant from Lithuania, he first started out by having to pass TOEFL exams (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and then work his way through completing a Bachelor’s degree while also working full-time. What an accomplishment! Persistent, determined work pays off. Congratulations! It’s fitting that their first child was born a few months ago and was there to witness his graduation.
As a graduation gift, I drew him a portrait sketch of him with his baby son at his thesis presentation:
With the new pathway to the One Loudoun clubhouse, it’s easy to walk from our residential part of the neighborhood to the clubhouse. Not only that, it’s a nice walk through nature! You get to walk along the creek, cross over it on the bridge, and continue along the wooden pathway as the trees yield to a bird-watching wetlands. After that comes the clubhouse! I love our neighborhood.
This watercolor painting on paper is painted from the view of having crossed the bridge and looking through the trees towards the clubhouse, which has an awesome architectural design. This painting is part of my growing One Loudoun Art Collection.
Over the past week I’ve been trying to do a painting of the Barn at One Loudoun, which is a beautiful sight to behold, but I didn’t particularly like what I did each time I made an attempt at it. Not that they turned out ugly, but rather, it just didn’t feel like my style anymore, which is much looser than the ‘realism’ I used to paint. I realized after the third time that where I was going wrong was drawing the lines out before starting the painting, which ended up confining my creativity. Just like in real life, sometimes when we try to draw out exactly how we want something, it can be too rigid and not allow for flexibility, and then we don’t end up getting what we wanted. So I took a break from the barn painting and turned to another photo I had taken in Central Park, and decided to do away with drawing it out beforehand. I also decided to use watercolors, which flow more naturally and allow for more flexibility.
Do you know where this is in One Loudoun’s Central Park?
– original watercolor on paper, 4/8/15
In our One Loudoun neighborhood, there’s a beautiful restored historic red barn that was originally built in 1875. Behind the barn lies Central Park and in front of the barn is a large lawn for crowds to gather during events. My wife and I had some of our maternity photos taken at the barn, as it serves as an eye-appealing backdrop!
This weekend I’ll be starting a new painting of a couple barrels of flowers in front of the red walls of the barn.
You’ve just enjoyed a plate of fresh fruit and seafood at a small and charming seaside restaurant, and you’re now walking it off in the warm evening air, as the setting sun shimmers along the waters next to you.
– 4″ x 6″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas Paper, dated 3/4/15 on back