Day 8. On Trying New Things In Old, Familiar Places



“Tchefuncte and Clouds” 12×12, oil on canvas $150

There’s a little spot of land about a mile from my house where the golf course backs up to the Tchefuncte River. To say it is beautiful is a disservice. It’s other-worldly but difficult to notice because it’s so readily available. I don’t have to take a plane to get there or book the trip months in advance. It’s just there. Whenever I want it. I visit almost daily– on a walk or bike ride.

It’s a place I think of as mine. Well, maybe Ezra’s too. “There’s your river, ” I tell him often. And then the Pocahontus song starts playing in my mind– “You think you own whatever land you land on…”

But I call it his because I love what it is to me. Ours. The best part of motherhood, I have found, is sharing subtle, nearly invisible things with a mind eager to know more, to see more.

This is my first EVER landscape. I did an underpainting with a brush then used a palette knife on top. It’s from a photo I took months ago when the clouds were so perfect I lost my breathe for half a second.

I’m going back out to this spot with my paints. This way I can compare the plein air version with this one.

Picture of Denise Hopkins

Denise Hopkins

April 8, 2015

Share Post

One Response

Leave a Reply


Related Blog Posts

Day 31. If you want to go far…

  “If You Want to go Far” 24×30 inches, oil on canvas I started this month with a bike, and...

View Post
Day 30. Reteach a thing its loveliness.

“The Bud Stands for All Things” 24×24 inches, oil on paper I discovered this poem last week by Galway Kinnell...

View Post
Day 29. Intuition

“Follow Your Intuition” 9×12 inches, oil on paper My art studio is a 300 square foot storage room underneath our...

View Post

Privacy Policy

This following document sets forth the Privacy Policy for this website. We are bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Crh), which sets out a number of principles concerning the privacy of individuals using this website.

Collection of your personal information

We collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information from visitors to this Website. Non-Personally Identifiable Information is information that cannot by itself be used to identify a particular person or entity, and may include your IP host address, pages viewed, browser type, Internet browsing and usage habits, advertisements that you click on, Internet Service Provider, domain name, the time/date of your visit to this Website, the referring URL and your computer’s operating system.

Free offers & opt-ins

Participation in providing your email address in return for an offer from this site is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose your information. You may unsubscribe at any time so that you will not receive future emails.

Sharing of your personal information

Your personal information that we collect as a result of you purchasing our products & services, will NOT be shared with any third party, nor will it be used for unsolicited email marketing or spam. We may send you occasional marketing material in relation to our design services. What Information Do We Collect? If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses.