All over the roads of South Dakota we saw abandoned buildings. I always wonder when I see those buildings why they lie empty. I tell myself endless stories of these lost buildings.
I based this miniature on one such building. A house, a home at one time in a field. And behind that house was a tree with a tire wing hanging forlornly from it.
A little bit sad I thought.
“The Tire Swing”, Acrylic, 3.5 by 2.5 inches. (ATC, or ACEO size)
I’m not terribly thrilled with the painting. It’s okay but it’s not what I meant to do. I like the tree and the swing but not the rest. Goes to show that art like anything else is not all talent, it takes practice and when you don’t paint for a little bit you get rusty. I think that may be what discourages so many beginners. They think you need a lot of talent when it’s more like you need a good eye (or talent if you prefer) and a lot of practice. So if you’re a beginner, or just haven’t done it in years, take your time and and do many many paintings. Don’t be too hard on yourself, it will come.
In case you’ve been wondering Dummy did go on the trip with us. I’m not sure where he’s gone off to though…
Oh there he is! Climbing around Custer State Park.
He’s so agile.
©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2011