Kirsten Bailey: Art

Inspire Me Thursday – Spain

This week’s prompt on Inspire Me Thursday is “Spain”.  Having never had the opportunity to visit Spain, this was a tricky one for me – I was forced to resort to Google.

I typed “Spain scenery” into Google, and this is the first image that I really loved:

Scenery Near Arro, Ainsa, Spain

Scenery Near Arro, Ainsa, Spain

This photograph was taken by Graham Pritchard.  You can see some of his other photographs here.

I used this photograph as inspiration to paint a watercolour of this beautiful scenery.

Scenery Near Arro

Scenery Near Arro

As you can see, the painting is not exactly the same as the photograph – I used the photo as a jumping-off point, and let the painting develop in whatever directions felt right to me.

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7 Responses to “Inspire Me Thursday – Spain”

  1. 31everything Says:

    Your painting is fabulous! And the photos is FABULOUS as well… I’m a sucker for mountains! I want to see them in person one day – I live in flat Florida (no hills or mountains here). One day… 🙂

  2. Moira Says:

    I love your painting and particularly the wonderful tall trees. Great idea to find a photo to copy…it would be fun to find out who took it!

  3. ditsychick Says:

    I’ve never been to Spain, either, but when I first saw that photo, I thought, ‘That should be a painting’–and you’ve done it!

    I Googled ‘grpr1964’, who is a geologist with lots of stunning photos online (and apparently a Douglas Adams fan–interested in ‘life, the universe and everything’ with a fondness for the number 42). No profile available to tell us more.

  4. Kirsten Says:

    I was able to contact “grpr1964”, and found his real name is Graham Pritchard. He was kind enough to give me permission to use his photograph.

  5. Graham Pritchard Says:

    Many thanks guys for all your kind comments on my photo… And many thanks to Kirsten for painting her fabulous version! I am genuinely touched by the interest you have shown. I have not posted any new photos to the Panoramio website for several years now, but you have all given me encouragement to put some of my more recent efforts on-line as soon as I get some time….

  6. Annette Q Says:

    i like the fact that its not exactly the same as the photograph! Love those tree branches and all the different brushstrokes give the painting so much texture. Lovely 🙂

  7. thedoodlegirl Says:

    oooh, I love it! That black tree is stunning!