Friday, January 24, 2014

Clover Island Stroll (sold)

"Clover Island Stroll" 11x14, oil on board, ©Laura Gable
Today was the perfect day to complete this unfinished plein air study. It was started on a lovely September day on Clover Island here in Kennewick, WA. The island has been going through a facelift over the past few years, with the addition of the lighthouse and these lovely foliage lined curving paths with boardwalk viewing bump outs. Though it was a breezy day that started out with intermittent sprinkles, it turned into a bright sun filled afternoon ... perfect for painting lighthouses. This pair of friendly walkers happened by at the right time so we can get a sense of scale of the vertical shapes.

Today's effort involved adding the figures, and refining the shape of the trees and clouds, plus altering the colors on the lighthouse and pathway. I'm wanting to do more in this series. Hopefully it will warm a bit so an outdoor excursion is possible ... or I will dig through my photographs to find a worthy candidate to paint. So that's the day's awareness ... paint in a series.

This was shared by my friend recovering from hip surgery, and it feels very fitting for this painting: "God is good, He widens our path so we don't stumble." May you have wide clear paths today. 


  1. Oh, how I am looking forward to following you on this journey, Laura. I like seeing the movement of the breeze in the trees. And your words are always as vivid as a painting.

  2. Thank you for sharing your comments and inspirations, Susan. Here is more about the verse you shared with me:

    "Yesterdays devotion included Psalm 18. The verse that leaped out at me was Psalm 18:36 (NKJV) You enlarged my path under me, So my feet did not slip."

    It is so fitting, since you just had hip surgery.


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