When I first took up plein air painting I stood in the front yard and painted the side entrance of Randy and Christel's house. (Their house is 'kitty corner' from me). If I were to paint this today, I think I'd paint it better and a lot differently. When I first saw this painting again (after all these years) I thought...ugh! that is terrible! But then, I gave it a second look and thought...Wait. It does suck....but there is something about it that doesn't suck. Maybe it just makes me think of Christel. She was a super special person. I like that sunshine on the awning. Christel was a bright light too.
Painting: Celeste Bergin, Neighbor House (2006), oil on 10x8 canvas panel