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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hazy Morning on State Route 65

My husband and I spent every weekday for 6 weeks this summer traveling to Lima - a distance of 25 miles one way - so that he could receive radiation treatments for throat cancer.  This is a scene I saw everyday, but one morning, everything was perfect - all I could see was "painting!"  I asked him to stop the car and I took several photos.  I finished this small painting yesterday - it is 6" x 8" and it is painted in oils.  It is hard to believe, but this is exactly how it looked that morning - it looked like the trees were outlined in darker green and so I tried to capture this without giving the impression that I outlined everything.  It brings those days back vividly to me.

7 comments:

CrimsonLeaves said...

Barb, this is just beautiful. I love the orange underpainting that you've allowed to peep through in spots and the darker limning is perfect.

I am so sorry to hear about your husband's cancer. I hope and pray that he is on the mend and cancer free.

womanbread said...

There is a real sense of calmness and serenity while looking at this painting, Barb. I'm hoping that it brings you hope and peace of mind and inner calm while you and your husband are coping with all that he is going through. There is light in this painting, as well as a long and winding road, which, when I look at it, expresses the light that is hope and light at the end of a long journey, with its many twists and turns and changes along the way. I offer up a candle for your husband and yourself, to get through this journey. Love and hope will light the way. Thanks for sharing this beautiful painting with us, Barb.

Barbra Joan said...

Barb , although haven't been posting I visit all of you and see your work in oils is every bit as good as your watercolors..
I pray that things go better for both of you as the journey of one who is the caregiver is just as hard as the one who needs it..
BJ

Barb Sailor said...

Sherry - You are amazing! You picked up on the orange underpainting! I almost always use an underpainting with my oils - usually orange or burnt sienna. I think that adds warmth and harmony to the work. Thanks for your concern about my husband, too!

Barb Sailor said...

Womanbread...your analysis of my painting touched my heart...you are so correct in your visions of what are in this painting, especially the fact that the light reflects my hopes that he will beat this terrible illness. Thank you so much for the "candle" you lift us for us.

Barb Sailor said...

BarbaraJoan...I apologize for my lack of commenting on your blog - as you know, my mind has been in a different place recently. Thank you for still checking into my blog and for your compliment about my oils. Also - thank you so much for your understanding of what I have been going through. :) I hope all is well with you.

Vicki Greene said...

Barb your painting is beautiful and shows nothing of the difficult time that you and your DH are going through. I pray that he fully recovers from this and for strength for you as his support system.