oil on watercolor moleskine sketchbook
The next few weeks will be busy ones and so the day I received this from Camille, I began my painting for Dominique. Through painting this, I learned that moleskine watercolor paper is quite durable because this went through a couple of wipe outs before I found a direction I liked.
Each summer I visit my hometown in SW Louisiana and my brother gives me a day where he brings me to different rural areas. Shane brings his camera & tripod, books, and sketchbook and finds ways to stay busy while I paint. When I'm finished, we pack up and head to another location. One of my favorite places to paint is called Lake Martin, located between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge. It's about 9,500 acres of cypress swamps, along with a rookery, and a nature trail. I've never been on the nature trail because when I visit it is alligator nesting season and the trails are closed. I'm always amazed at the number of alligators we see, and am very grateful they appear to prefer the water areas and not the area on land where I am painting. While painting, we are entertained by a number of different egrets, spoonbills, ibis', and of course the very loud mating calls of the alligators. There are always a few people fishing, some in boats and others alongside the banks. I've never been to Lake Martin where we have not run into professional photographers camped out in their cars with giant lenses waiting for the perfect picture opportunity.
I have collected a variety of photos from Lake Martin for future paintings and this is one of the many I've been wanting to paint.
On the opposite side of the swamp are a few private homes, a very eclectic mix. There is one home that is designed by it's architect owner and it looks like a tall, narrow fortress, the neighboring home is a farm with the friendliest horses and cows. There are several private dirt roads leading, I am assuming, to private residences, Dominique's painting is of one of those private roads. Take a minute and google Lake Martin Louisiana images, you will not be disappointed!