It’s been a hectic summer so far. I started work on a new commission in mid-July, and learned shortly thereafter that we would be moving. So my time is divided between painting, and preparation for the move.
I’ve been commissioned by Naturipe to paint a landscape of a strawberry field at Elkhorn Ranch, which backs up against Elkhorn Slough, with the California hills in the background. It’s a beautiful place. The day I was there taking photos, a pair of golden eagles were hunting, and once landed fairly close on the posts of an old fence, but I didn’t have the right lens for shooting them, having come equipped only for photographing the landscape.
This is a little 6″ x 8″ color sketch I did of the scene before starting on the actual painting…
…and below is a photo of the 24″ x 30″ painting, as of today. The source photos and photos of the painting at various stages from day one can be seen at http://www.jessicmaring.com/work_in_progress.html .