So I decided to paint some large canvases full of aspen trunks with beautiful background colors.
The inspiration for this particular set of paintings came about last fall while walking through the glorious golden yellow leaf hues in our own fall woods at home. It reminded me of the autumn aspens up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado... It was also inspired by a yellow, gray and white striped serape blanket that I found at our neighborhood second hand store "The Purple Ostrich". I asked my daughter Anna to model for me while I took photos of her standing in the driveway with the blanket I bought for her.
Excited about this series, I got right to work and set them up on the floor leaning up against a couch in my studio. They were too large to put on an easel... After getting the first layer on, I had to stop painting and start work on some commissions. I leaned up the unfinished canvases in our little guest house and kind of forgot about them. A few months later we had a weekend guest who fell in love with the paintings and bought them. I think she would have taken them unfinished, but I insisted on working in the final layers.
I love them...she loves them... and I love this little story...
The title from the hymn "Be Thou My Vision".