Thursday, May 26, 2011

Stolen Moment

Stolen Moment, L. Daniel, 8 x 6, NFS

Back in Austin, I am immersed in the final preparations for my daughter's upcoming wedding - just 8 days away. It seems like we have been thinking about it and planning for it for so long, and now it's here. It's a deliriously wonderful and emotional time. I catch myself tearing up at the strangest things. Today it was the little pre-school aged girls in the grocery store pushing their mini carts through the aisles. I remember those days like they were yesterday.

So, with that as a backdrop, this painting truly represents a "stolen" moment in an otherwise ridiculously hectic week. Yesterday morning, Julie Davis and I met up under the low water bridge to paint before facing the demands of the day. It was much needed time to just stop and take in... and I went away completely refreshed!

29 comments:

Valérie Pirlot said...

lovely painting - very atmospheric. I love the light and misty feeling about it. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Roux said...

This is beautiful. The emotions within you poured out poetically. Enjoy the wedding!

David Westerfield said...

Beautiful Laurel! Great depth with the aerial perspective.

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Just stunning!! The grayed out background makes the beauty of the foreground even more special. I want to be there! Enjoy these festivities and take it all in!! Teary moments and all.! xoxo

Tracey Mardon said...

Stunning is the word that came to my mind too. Have a wonderful time!

Susan Hediger-Matteson said...

This painting is lovely. The text made me cry!

Anita Tresslar said...

This is a beautiful painting. I love the atmosphere in the background. Great use of grays.

Jane Hunt said...

I really love this one - love the way you painted the trees in the background. Your emotions are getting ready for the overwhelming joy you'll feel on the big day!

Theresa Bayer said...

Love how you "broke the rules" of composition with the diagonal, and totally made it work. Masterful and subtle!

Johnnie Sielbeck said...

Beautiful!

Kathy Cousart said...

Beautiful painting and love the post too! Just love every moment and embrace those happy tears- memories to cherish!

rick daskam said...

Great Piece!

Liz said...

This painting is just beautiful!

Reyes Rodriguez Vicent said...

Gorgeous landscape, full of light, color and a bold brushwork and evocative. Greetings and congratulations. Reyes

Julie Hill said...

Just a perf piece. So very lovely.

Pam Holnback said...

A great piece to go w/ great memories and what moments! Enjoy this week!

Amanda Jones said...

This is a beautiful piece Laurel, so soft and atmospheric, I love the main tree. I wish your daughter all the best on her wedding day.

Ann said...

I've had those grocery store moments myself-- I know just what you mean. This painting is breathtaking. I absolutely love everything about it.

FairieMoon said...

Oh my goodness. I remember those days as well. I am getting a little teary eyed just thinking about it.

Merryn got her dress yesterday! And then needed a new swimsuit and new sandals to go with it...

We're all ready to go. M is wondering if she could run with Lillian and Julia and keep up.

Love you! See you soon!

Giselle McMenamin said...

Wonderful piece Laurel!

Marian Fortunati said...

Congratulations on the upcoming nuptuals...

This is a fabulous painting. I really like the way the trees in the background are so subtle!!

Jala Pfaff said...

A lovely one. Best of luck with the wedding plans.

Angela said...

Your paintings are so soft and fresh. Glad I found your blog

Roxanne Steed said...

This is such a beautiful piece!!

Nancy Laliberte said...

Wonderful painting, Laurel. Gosh I love your work! Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

Wedding blessings to your daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law. Have a joyous weekend.

Nancy Franke said...

Ooh, I love this!

Martha Cowan said...

Wow - this is so beautiful!

Barbara M. said...

Beautiful painting Laurel. Congratulations. I understand. They grow up so fast. I'm sure the wedding will be perfect.

XOXOXOXOXOBarbara

Barbara M. said...

Beautiful painting Laurel. Congratulations. I understand. They grow up so fast. I'm sure the wedding will be perfect.

XOXOXOXOXOBarbara