Friday, January 31, 2014

Virtual Paintout 14: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

This is my second year traveling the world with the Virtual Paintout gang, via Google Street View.  This painting will be my 14th outing. I love it!

Vevie has decided to stay home for awhile, so I'm "traveling" on my own. And this month we visited Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

As I virtually cruised around Cape Cod, this scene caught my eye. The swing in the yard, quiet and still, as though it was patiently waiting to fly again. It brought back fond memories for me. :-)

Here is the original location I chose (can click on any pics to enlarge):

For my little 8 x 8 canvas, I cropped it smaller:

And as usual, I played with color schemes in Photoshop, and here is my final idea:

Toned the canvas with pink:

Started with the sky, then roughed in the house with vine charcoal:

Worked in layers, putting in the background colors first, then building layers up over it:

The image continues around to the sides:

Some close-ups:

And here is my finished painting:

Cape Cod, MA
8 x 8 acrylic on
wrapped canvas

This painting of the swing hanging from the tree brought back memories and made me smile. I hope you enjoyed it, too. Did it stir any memories for you??

Happy painting,



  1. Absolutely, it does bring back memories for me! My favorite house when I was growing up had a beautiful sweeping willow tree and I always dreamed of putting a swing in it. I never did actually do that, but I did have a swing in the carport at that house and it was really fun!
    BTW: your crop was exactly what I would have chosen to do! Interesting!

    1. It's fascinating how many of us have memories around a swing... I loved reading about yours. :-)