This particular #commute image has been catching my eye each month as I scroll through my collection to pick which one to paint. The original Instagram photo already kind of looked like a painting … which lent itself well to creating a painting of it. That blue of the sky and the gold of the field are just out of control – you could even say they look fake. It’s most likely why I took this picture in the first place. Not to mention that perfect sky blue color against a sunflower gold hue is one of my favorite color combinations of all time.
Of the eleven #commute paintings I’ve done so far, this is the third one I’ve done of that farm. In fact, I think it’s the fourth. I’m fairly certain that last month’s painting was the same farm but from a different angle. So that’s kind of crazy. Thirty-six percent of my #commute paintings have the same subject. (#mathnerd) Clearly I’m drawn to it. And of the four, they all have totally different color palettes.
That makes me think about an idea I’ve thrown around in my head a few times of taking the same photo every day for a year to see how it changes. Wouldn’t that be interesting? The idea being that you could create the same photo every day but it would never be the same. Fascinating.
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.