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Imagine riding your bike, with your best friends, on the perfect summer day....


"It Was A Beautiful Day"

"It Was A Beautiful Day" ©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland


The story of this painting began on Trail Ridge Road in Colorado, and ended on the bike path between Venice Beach and Santa Monica California: two places where you can experience true bliss tootling around on the perfect summer afternoon.  A beautiful tree arches over the path, a colorful butterfly flits by, and your delight seems to power your wheels into flight.



See how the painting was developed in the studio:

Once the original composition was drawn on the canvas, I started laying in color. I intentionally start with colors that won't be in the final image.  Next, I want to see what the paint will do.  I switch up the color and the consistency, and let the paint follow its own course.


"It Was A Beautiful Day" Layers 1 and 2


At this stage, I redirect the painting back toward my original vision:
color and emotion.  


"It Was A Beautiful Day" Layers 3 and 4


The butterfly needed some attention, and I decided to model it after the "Mourning Cloak" species that is said to be in Colorado, though I can't say I've ever seen one...


Butterfly before:

Working on the next stages of my new #painting - consulting my #Colorado butterfly guide to get my winged friend looking great!


Butterfly after:

#Butterfly is coming along well! It's modeled after the Mourning Cloak" species which can be found in Colorado ( though I've never seen one!) 



Once the butterfly was completed, I could focus on the roundness of the tire, and the effects of the light spots.


"It Was A Beautiful Day" Layer 5



When the painting was finally finished,
U2's "Beautiful Day" was playing in the studio, and I had my title:


"It Was A Beautiful Day"

Modern Abstract Landscape Bike Painting-It Was A Beautiful Day- Original Oil on Canvas by Erin Fickert-Rowland




This painting was part of my show 
"Across the Spectrum"
at Zip 37 Gallery in Denver, June 7-23, 2013.

It is now available for sale online in my Etsy shop.




2 Responses so far.

  1. how fun to see your process! I love the flow of this, and all the 'rounds' throughout!

  2. Thank you so much Cynthia! I appreciate your compliment!

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