Almost Home by Nancy Van Blaricom 24×36″ Oil
Nancy Van Blaricom. Almost Home is a lovely painting that has so much interest. The wonderful tree line, the curve of the road, the FABULOUS light streaking across the road as well as dappled along the side in places. Touches of snow fill the branches. The road looks icy. There is so much feeling in this painting. Fabulous! Be sure to check out Nancy’s website to see the progress shots that she took along the way!
In our correspondence back and forth I can tell you this about Nancy. She has a great personality, and her enthusiasm is infectious. She has such a great attitude towards life. Her paintings will make you smile.
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Read a bit about Nancy, from her website (also check out her blog!):
After I had long become an adult, I bought some pencils and a drawing book. Going through the exercises in that book was the extent of my art education for a number of years. Eventually I felt more capable and took a couple of watercolor classes. Before I knew it I was winning local awards which boosted my confidence even more.
Many years later I was reading Winston Churchill’s small book Painting as a Pastime, and I felt myself being drawn to oil painting . Churchill described oil painting with inspiring words that drew me in, “I write no words in disparagement of water-couloirs. But there really is nothing like oils, you have a medium at your disposal which offers real power, if you only find out how to use it”. By then I couldn’t wait to try oil paints.
I started looking at oil paintings … really looking. I could see the brushstroke that made a glass object look like the sun was hitting it. I could see the dappled sunlight coming through the trees … scenes that were there in other mediums, but, not like I was seeing when looking at oil paintings. I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to give it a try. Now I have discovered oils and I love them. Yummy, squishy oil paints.
When it comes to art it sometimes seems that the years before oil painting have been wasted, but, I can see that all of my creativity has culminated to this point. I’m grateful for what I’ve accomplished so far and excited to see where the future leads.
Catch you back here tomorrow!