Sometimes it is REALLY HARD for me to pick out which commute image I’m going to paint next. I keep them all organized in a folder using Iconosquare, which makes it easy for me to see them all at a glance. Every now and then one will stand out to me because of an event or the season or whatever, and other times I have 4 or 5 I’d like to do and I can’t decide. (That’s when I usually reach out to you guys for help on social media.) I also purposefully try to choose one that’s different than ones I’ve done before, but especially compared to the most recent one I’ve done. I want the series to have some flavor and differentiation between the various paintings.
This month I thought it was going to be one of those cases where I had several to choose from, but then this one jumped out at me. The thing I love about it is obviously the color. Look at that sky! If I was painting a landscape like this out of my brain, there’s no way I would have fabricated a sky with all of those colors in it like that. Yet here it is, and nature produced it on its own. Isn’t that crazy? Whenever I see something like a blood orange horizon butted up against some pink and purple hues, it just takes my breath away that the world can produce such beauty. I love it.
I try to do these paintings very quickly and loosely, and this one came together particularly fast. I started it the other evening thinking I’d just get some base colors down and finish it the next night. But then about twenty or thirty minutes later I realized it was probably done. That’s what this series has been all about for me – just relaxing and fooling around with Photoshop to create a fun and pretty landscape. No pressure to be perfect about it, just being super loose with my digital “paint brush” and having fun with color. They make me smile, so I hope you love them too.
Pictured above is the original Instagram photo (on the left) next to the final painting inspired by it. You can read more about why I started this series here, and you can see my photo editing process for the Instagram photos here.