Monday, February 29, 2016

February's Virtual Paint Out - Majorca

Traveling in February, via our computers, to the sunny Spanish island of Majorca (also called Mallorca) off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.

This is a painting of Torre del Verger, one of many ancient watchtowers on the island. This tower, sitting at the edge of a high cliff, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, dates back to 1579. Fires were built on a platform at the top of the tower to warn the population of invading pirates – fire by night, smoke by day.

Moonrise at Torre del Verger 9x12, oil

This photo shows the watchtower from a different perspective.
This is not a Google Street View, but I thought it was too good not to include. 

I’m enjoying the Virtual Paint Out but sometimes find it hard to paint a particular location. The old maxim, “paint from your own photographs” is so true.

When you paint from a photograph that you took, all your senses are involved. You remember the sounds, sights and smells around you, the feel of the sun or wind and your emotional response to the events of the day and the people around you.

Painting from someone else’s photographs, especially if you have never been there, is emotionally limiting. I have struggled with a few locations but the adventure continues. In March we travel to New South Wales in Australia.

To see all my VPO paintings from all our travels, please click here.

This painting is available in my Ebay Store.

Thanks for visiting,

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