Monday, February 11, 2013

Little Gould Island, 6x8 Inches, Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I did this on a linen pad, and you can see there are still staples on the right.  I just had the urge to paint the little island that greets me every morning, and despite my husband's feelings that "nobody wants to see a painting of that island", I felt the need to paint it.  And an hour after I painted it, the sky became steely dark and the water was light gray and it started to rain, giving it a  whole new look.  I just may do some studies of this, for me.  
The practice of doing a whole, if small, painting every day is what the whole Daily Painters movement is all about - it's good exercise for your artist's mind.

Funny thing, I may have told you, the land mass in the back of the little island is Aquidneck Island, where Newport is, (further down).  On the other side of Aquidneck is another little island, also named Gould.  Those Goulds must have been something, to get TWO islands named after them!  Or, was it a case of the left side of Aquidneck not knowing what the right side was doing?
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  1. I love the colors in the water, Kelley. I could see myself sitting on top of that little island with a book and a picnic.

  2. Bonjour chère amie,
    Je suis de retour et heureuse de vous revoir vous et votre travail.
    C'est sans doute l'île du bonheur et à l'aube de la Saint-Valentin...
    Une très jolie peinture remplie de douceur.
    Gros bisous à vous.

  3. It must be wonderful to look out and see an little island every day. What a great view and great inspiration for a painting no matter what your husband says ...hahaha. I love it.

  4. Well Kelley - you can officially tell your husband that someone did want to see a painting of that island! lol I liked it even before I read your post about it. I enjoy all of your paintings, but the ones you do of your environment are particularly interesting to me because it is different than where I live, and I've never had the privilege of traveling to your area . . . yet. So you can tell your worst critic (and I'm sure your biggest supporter too) that I like the little island - staples and all!!! Happy day to you Kel. ~Lisa

  5. Wouldn't he miss it if it suddenly wasn't his daily view? Now you've made it possible for somebody else to have that same view - if you decide to sell it, that is. Smart painter!

  6. Finding beauty in the ordinary is the ultimate gift. Lovely!! Thanks for sharing the inspiration. xoxo

  7. Kelley, You are on the right track. Repetition is a time honored tradition of artists! Think of Monet and his many lily pad paintings, all done right is his own back yard!
    I love it! Inspiration is everywhere!

  8. I can see why you painted this. I bet it is so meditative to look at everyday. Really lovely little painting, hopefully you can get the staples out. Hugs


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