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Old Wood and Weeds

August 12, 2017

Here is the finished painting…

wagon 1 final

Old Wood and Weeds, 11×14, acrylic

As always, there are tweaks that could (and might) be made, but the work is done. I feel especially good about this one since it’s the first since the surgery. Before sketching this one out, I had not felt particularly motivated to sit and draw and paint for any length of time, which was strange because, aside from Nell, this is my life. It’s what I do.

This scene is actually a composite built from two reference photos. The setting is just down the road from where we live. The wagon has been in my files for years. In fact, it has been the subject of a couple of previous paintings. I think the combination came together well to create a scene one could stumble across while hiking.

It felt good to see this one come together.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Margaret H Quin permalink
    August 12, 2017 9:44 am

    Oh Ralph, this looks so real! Wonder what stories that old wagon would tell if it could talk…?! Glad you are back!!
    Margaret Quin

  2. Gordon Beck permalink
    August 12, 2017 11:50 am

    Beautiful work, Ralph

  3. Bridget Williams permalink
    August 12, 2017 1:13 pm

    This is lovely Ralph. You have made an ordinary scene look really magical. Just great!

  4. mywordminji permalink
    August 12, 2017 4:43 pm


  5. August 13, 2017 7:53 am

    Good to see you back. I enjoyed this painting and your reflection.

  6. August 20, 2017 9:07 pm

    So glad you are feeling well again. Your gouache landscapes are the best. We live in our Airstream & gouache transports so easily.

    • August 30, 2017 8:50 am

      Thanks Julie. I’m improving every day. I appreciate your kind comments. Keep painting and safe travels!

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