This is a remembrance of a family get-together in my father-in-law’s back yard in Utah. I have a hard time sitting in the sunlight for a long period of time, and Utah is not known for being heavily wooded. However, his yard is beautifully landscaped and it was fun to be together with people I love.
I have been called an impressionist. This painting was done in an impressionistic method – it gives the feeling or impression of a moment in time. You can see the people and the place they are at, but it is not photorealist. I have portrayed the persons by basic colors and shapes. Your mind is free to do the rest. Besides, it is very hard to put much detail in such small spaces. Also there is atmospheric perspective. With the placement of things, the closer things look larger, while things further away are smaller. I have also portrayed things so that they look like the viewer is looking down on the scene.