8x10 inches, watercolor (sold)
We returned from our eight day adventure in Italy on Monday evening, and both of us are still waking up at 4:00 AM every morning. My daily routines, including working out and painting, are as disrupted as my sleep, and only the fact that I swore I would paint for Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout (see sidebar for link) got me up and moving on this one.
As usual, I spent at least an hour wandering around the required area on Google Street View, and when I found this road I knew I had what I wanted. This shot is in Norway, but it looks like a view of farms in southern Wisconsin. I liked the strong shadows, and was charmed by the dog trotting down the country road. I grew up on a farm with a long gravel driveway, and I recognized the ruts left by tires. It took me longer to realize that the strong shadow on the right side of the road is a cast shadow from a tree out of the frame.
I plan to paint from some of the reference photos I took in Tuscany and Venice, but I think that in the next few days I'll just post some of the photos.