Thursday, February 7, 2013

BANJO, BABY, BOOGIE AND BARN

While wandering through the stalls of a lush Farmers' Market in Bellingham, Washington one afternoon I came upon a gentleman picking out a lively jig on his banjo.  As I was photographing the sunlight on his beard and nimble fingers, a baby broke away from her mother and began dancing to the music. 

 A small crowd gathered to watch the toddler's carefree and joyful reaction to the beat.  
This is my watercolor version of the occasion.

This is my contribution to the Virtual Paintout for January 2013.  The location was the Isle of Man, an island located between England and Ireland in the Irish Sea.  I "traveled" using Google Streetview down the rural roads of the island looking at green fields dotted with sheep and grazing cattle.  At the end of a lane I discovered a rustic dairy.  The stone barn had windows and doors painted red and a cow grazed contentedly in the nearby pasture.  Both of these paintings are for sale here on my Etsy site.

8 comments:

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

Beautiful....I can feel that little tots joy.

Anzu said...

Music is not only an international language; it is also a healer.
☆(゚∇゚ノノ"☆ Your fantastic pictures can, too !!

Joanne Noragon said...

The baby is as joyous as the laundry.

Linda Sue said...

I remember that baby- Your painting is GREAT!!! You got the baby in action perfectly! wonderful scene in the paint out thing! Peaceful. Your painting *sigh* so amazing- you should be famous...

fishducky said...

You do BEAUTIFUL work!!

Alica said...

I especially like the first one, Leenie! It has so much emotion in it...almost like we're sitting right there, watching and listening to the music.

Birdie said...

OH, I bet that baby's mother would cherish that watercolour. Just beautiful.

Buttons said...

Oh that is beautiful I agree with Birdie the Mom would LOVE that. The old homestead is awesome. Oh you are such an amazing talent I wish I could paint like you.
Linda Sue I think she is famous.Hugs B