I’ve always enjoyed folk music, and one of my favorite songs is “Follow That Road” by talented singer-songwriter Anne Hills. It tells of a country road and what you’ll expect to find at each season of the year.
If you’re drivin’ by in autumn you should follow up the river to Bear Lake
That’s the time to see the colors, there’s an old covered bridge you’ll want to take
Late at night be careful, just be sure to look for deer out on the road
And if it’s early in the morning, sometimes it gets foggy, take it slow…
But follow that road
Sugar maples far as you can see
Follow that road
Back through time, back through distance, back to me.
Please do more than read the lyrics. You’ll find the song here, along with gorgeous photographs illustrating the words.
This was the song I was singing Saturday morning as I worked on the following painting.
It’s a small painting, and it’s not one of my favorites. I was, in fact, very disappointed with it. Although I like the general composition — I was trying again to create a certain “depth” in the painting — I don’t like the way it turned out. My colors are dull and lifeless, and I didn’t get the tree on the left very well “rooted” in the picture.
Oh, but I like the pathway I created. It’s not exactly a road, but it does lead somewhere, and for me, that’s a triumph of sorts. Why? Well, it’s because of this quote from Margaret Aycock in her book, “Painting the Landscape Outdoors and In the Studio“:
Roads should lead into, not out of, a painting, meaning, don’t end the distant portion of the road at the edge of your canvas.