I am back from my trip to Spain, where I was lucky enough to spend my fortieth birthday.
I have had so many people asking me whether becoming forty bothers me.
It's an odd question really because what's the alternative? That doesn't bear thinking about, right?
Besides - it's just a number, and when I checked, on the morning of my birthday, everything appeared to be in the same place as was the day before. Phew!
The only thing that bothers me is that time is passing by so quickly and I want it to slow down!
We had a lovely time in Spain. Aside from giving us the break we needed, it also gave me new inspiration!
As you know, landscapes are not my thing. Actually, I don't enjoy painting them at all.
That said - the landscapes in Spain were so different than what I see daily at home, that it gave me that little spark of inspiration that I needed.
The light in the Mediterranean is different somehow and as a result of this, the colours are pure and the shadows strong.
We stayed with friends who live amongst acres of farmland and there was a particular route cutting through the fields of wheat, straw, barley and such like, along which Paul and I walked everyday.
It was during one of these walks that it struck me just how many colours there where in what appeared at first glance to be simply gold.
In fact, as the hot, summer breeze swept through the golden fields I noticed that each stem revealed an abundance of colours; pinks, reds, greens, blues and golds.
Suddenly I could see just why Monet had depicted fields of straw in the many colours that he did.
Unfortunately, I only had a pencil with me...
|© Sandra Busby. Graphite pencil|
But still, because of the strong contrasts, it works nicely just as it is :0)