My niece and her husband have a love of travel, much like my husband and I do. They just returned from their anniversary trip to Eastern Europe, and I was able to virtually travel along with them via Instagram. I wanted to make a special painting for them, something that would remind them of this adventure…and so from one of their IG photos, I painted this…
Dubrovnik Harbour (yes, with the European spelling, just for fun)
12 x 12 inch acrylic on stretched canvas
I took some liberties with the colors and the proportion, and decided to have a little fun with this. I love the shapes that repeat throughout the piece and I exaggerated them a bit… the curve of the pavement, the curves of the boats, the curves of the arches, the curve of the hill, the the swirling curves in the sky. I loved punching up the colors in the water, and I layered quite a bit.
This painting was very happily received, and is now in their home. Just goes to show you, any image, whether seen in person, in a photograph, no matter how big or small, can inspire you to create a work of art. Every landscape I do, teaches me something more…and I get a little more confidence to try new things. Also, painting scenes like this…makes me want to travel again!
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci