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backyard swimming pool

swimming pool

swimming pool (10″ x 15″) on matte board   ( you can click the image for a larger view)

I ended up making a mess of my under-painting and starting over with a simpler composition more focused on the pool and the Japanese Maple. There was a bunch of other stuff I wanted to show you but the woebegone pool was getting lost.  I haven’t painted anything in a long time and there was definitely  a settling in period, finding a rhythm and a particular sort of focus. That particular sort of focus, when achieved,  is one of the things I most like about this kind of work.  It feels like a little milestone in this project to have something painted and  pretty much finished. I’m full of ideas for other  drawings and paintings – places I want to show you. I also want to start to tie these images together and put them into the geographical context of my remembered childhood for you. I’ve begun drawing a map and I’ll show you some work on that and maybe a mysterious covered well next  Wednesday.

3 comments to backyard swimming pool

  • This is wonderful, Ann– and I’m not just saying that! I love this. It just goes to show– beauty is everywhere. Even in our own back yard. Great job. Now let’s see a little something with that disgruntled pony. He would be a great subject to paint, don’t you think? :]

    Take care,


  • There’s something about this picture that is so appealing to me…a memory…a feeling of security…thank you…

  • I agree that this is a wonderful painting. The way the leaves fall into the pool at the end of summer and how refreshing and unassuming an above ground pool is gives me a smile too.