My backyard has two gates, one leading to the driveway and garage, and the other to the front yard. The house and garage are built catty-cornered to each other, and close enough so that the roofs touch and are connected by shingles. When I’m in the yard, my favorite focal point is the ‘window space’ created above the gate between the walls of the house and garage and under the connected roofs. Yesterday this gate window perfectly framed a spring-green maple against the roof peak of our neighbor’s house, against a blue sky. With a few odd branches of our lemon tree coming down into the natural composition made by the gate, and the slanting shadows on the walls adding subtle variations of color, it was a scene that begged painting/drawing.
My youngest painter wanted to join me–here’s his ‘house’ :
Here’s the gate window, tree still wet…
I wanted to draw the scene for fun too, with a sepia pen, to capture that particular view:
What were the kids doing you wonder? Well, doing what they do best…
while digging in the hill, they discovered what they were calling ‘copper,’ much to their delight. My best guess is that what they were digging out were chunks of quartz–either way they were happily occupied.
The rock pieces then went through a thorough washing process.