Digital Art - Digital Art / Photography Based Digital Hand Painting
So happy to announce that out of 1006 images, "A Vibrant Day" won second place (there was a tie for first) in the 11/9/2023 Fine Art America "Artwork Finished October 2023" contest. Many thanks to the contest administrator, VLee Watson, and everyone who voted for my image. Congratulations to the other winners!
A road trip into the countryside on a glorious autumn day, when Mother Nature and the sunshine had conspired to create colors that almost break our hearts with beauty, was a family tradition when I was a little girl. My dad would proclaim the day and off we'd go … often with a picnic basket in the trunk and always with smiles on our faces. Sometimes we'd manage our drives on this those perfect rare and brief colorful and vibrant days … as often, though, we'd find we were just past peak color, or not quite there yet. Or worse yet, the season itself just never really reached its potential at all.
As I grew older I lived in an area where the "leaf peepers" were an expected weekend hazard if you needed to get to the store. You could always spot them. They drove slowly, and maybe even weaved back and forth, and you could almost hear the ooo's and ahhh's coming from their cars. I didn't mind really … I enjoyed the beauty right along with them.
The location of "A Vibrant Day" is Blue Knob State Park between Pavia and Claysburg, PA, and is State Forest Road which runs beside Chapelle Field here. Just beyond on the right, where the road dips down is a steep hill that gets dicey in winter's icy and snowy times, then another hill going up and up to the top of Blue Knob Mountain and the ski resort there. Magical beauty in all times of the year!!
"A Vibrant Day" is another, more impressionistic (almost abstract?) version of images I've posted of this location which are available here as well: … Almost Home … Almost There … State Forest Road. So many versions … so dear to my heart.
Image sketched and painted by hand, digitally, and influenced by and very loosely based on one of my own photos using Corel Painter 2019.
This image was NOT created using AI - Artificial Intelligence.
Fine art purchases of this image will not include a watermark, and if I may make a recommendation ... it will look its very best on the fine art paper choice of "picture rag."
October 1st, 2023
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