|"The Open Road," 8 x 10 watercolor, 140 lb d'Arches rough press paper|
"Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
The open road beckons these winter days, especially this year.
Cooped up not just because of the weather but hunkered down trying to avoid the pandemic makes travel all the more enticing, whenever and if ever we can take to the open road.
We spent time this weekend in conversation about hoped for road trips later this year--Maine, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, seashores, mountains--and also looking at maps. The roads beckon.
I couldn't help but think of Walt Whitman's "Song of the Open Road" as I struggled to find inspiration to paint during the dark last days of January.
"What's the story?""What do you feel?" I didn't want to just paint a "pretty picture, " but something from inside, where inspiration lives.
Whitman provided it, though it took several efforts at composition sketches and color experiments to answer.
Thus today's watercolor, "The Open Road," where I'm traveling in my imagination.
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