This woman (named Megan possibly?), was so interesting to paint. She's a
hair dresser, so she has the skills to dye her hair with several shades
of color from blond to orange to red. She wore this red shawl which
complimented the hair colors to create a vibrant scene. I haven't had
many chances to paint such vibrant colors in a figurative piece before.
I've been really enjoying including the various man made objects in the
landscape lately. They provide interesting focal points and
compositional opportunities. At first I had thought of them as too
modern and ugly, but now I see them as the way we as humans relate to
the landscape, they deepen the story. This is the road I walk along when
I am heading bach toward downtown Arcata, California after spending a
couple hours watching the birds at the sanctuary. My favorite pond is on
the right, known as Gearheart Marsh. I've painted it several times.