I was saddened to hear of the recent death of Chad Stewart, part of a popular 60’s “British Invasion” duo, Chad and Jeremy. Among their highest-charting songs was A Summer Song — always a favorite of mine. The lyrics include this line:
They say that all good things must end someday…
While Chad and Jeremy were singing about the end of summer — and saying good-bye to a summer love — that line from the song was running through my mind as I neared the end of my December 31-Day Landscape Project. I loved this project. I learned from it, and I feel I’ve truly become a better artist for having done it.
With that said, here is my final painting from the landscape project.
It’s not my favorite, and I painted it with a touch of sadness, knowing it would be the last 3 x 5 landscape of the project. I made a point of painting a “round moon”, just to say “I did it.” While it’s not great, at least, well, yes, “I did it.”
Following this painting, I painted a 5 x 7 tribute, this time to Dwight William Tryon whose works inspired the last eleven of my paintings.
I like the colors Tryon used in his tonalist palette, and I’m finding myself liking transparent oxide red more and more. It’s an earthy color with a bit of warmth, and it’s definitely found a place now on my palette.
So now, indeed, it is over. This good thing has come to an end, and I’ll miss coming to the studio each morning to paint a little 3 x 5 landscape.
When all is said and done, I enjoyed the project, and I hope you enjoyed following along as I painted my way through the month.