Detours and construction zones. They’re currently ruining my life. For a solid 8 weeks or more I’ve had two significant detours due to construction on my way to work, and they just keep adding more. The other day I was late to work because I ran into a new detour (which actually blocked me from getting to my detour from a detour, since I know a shortcut), and got stuck in a one lane construction zone, bringing the grand total of construction areas in my commute that day to five. My drive to work is only about 35 minutes long, so that means I hit a construction site every 7 minutes, on average. (#MathNerd – This is how my brain works.) One of these days I’m literally going to blow a gasket.
I could choose to go the longer, more boring route to work, but they’re having construction as well so …. yeah. Luckily my back road detours are still pretty, so I’ve been trying to take this as an opportunity to get some #commute pics of areas I don’t see all the time. Today’s #commute painting is based on one of the first Instagram shots I took after the detours began. Some people may find this boring, but it’s one of the compositions/scenes I’m drawn to most often. The blue of that sky against the golden field is one of my favorite color combinations of all time. The simplicity of how the frame is broken up by the 3 stripes of color (field, tree line and sky) really appeals to me from a graphic standpoint, and it reminds me of a Mark Rothko painting. I’m always drawn to color, and it continues to blow my mind how beautiful nature can be, even in a simple scene such as this.
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.