Paintings from the Road

Jan 6, 2023

Watercolor painting off driving on the highway; Paintings from the Road
“Road Trip,” 6×10 watercolor

Don’t you love a road trip? Everything was new to us; absolutely exciting. Connecting with a new landscape. I carry a mobile studio and paint every chance I get – when I am not knitting socks.

Mount Jackson on a Cloudy Day: Paintings from the Road
Mount Jackson, Virginia” – 6×10 watercolor

A beautiful day for a drive up I-81. This is Mount Jackson just outside of Winchester VA where we stopped for the night. After 7 hours and some okay Italian, we called it a day.

“A Warm Welcome,” 6×10 watercolor

We got to our family’s home and received the warmest of welcomes! This is the first view we had of their beautiful new home.

Paintings from the Road
“The Sheds Next Door,” 6×10 watercolor

There is a fox den below the sheds, but I didn’t see any that day – or I would have tried to put one in. All my students will get a chuckle out of that! I’m always telling them to put some wildlife in their landscapes. I might have to give it a try.

Paintings from the Road "The Hancock Shaker Village," near Pittsfield, Mass - 6x10 watercolor
“The Hancock Shaker Village,” near Pittsfield, Mass – 6×10 watercolor

The drive and visit with our family was delightfully inspiring. We are grateful to be home safely. Looking forward to sharing more art from this wonderful trip. See you next week. Thank you,

Michel

P.S. Did you know that clicking on any of my paintings will give you a larger view of the painting?

"The Hancock Shaker Village," near Pittsfield, Mass - 6x10 watercolor
Robert did get his new pair of socks; I finished them on the way home. : )

26 Comments

  1. Ellen on January 6, 2023 at 11:14 am

    Oh wow oh wow! The light play in The Hancock Shaker Village!

    Eloquent.

    Can a painting be eloquent? Why yes. Yes it can, as proven here.

    • Michel McNinch on January 6, 2023 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you! Remember when you told me to stand up and I could be an artist? Forever grateful.

      • Ellen on January 8, 2023 at 6:57 pm

        Honey not only did you stand up, you RAN! Work as beautiful as the artist herself. mmmwah!

        • Michel McNinch on January 9, 2023 at 11:24 pm

          I love you.

  2. Mary on January 6, 2023 at 11:43 am

    Love these paintings so much! And the socks are beautiful too. Lucky Robert!

    • Michel McNinch on January 6, 2023 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you, friend. He has been wearing them everyday around the house. Love to see them on his feet!

  3. Earline on January 6, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    You been busy and they are all beautiful

    • Michel McNinch on January 6, 2023 at 12:56 pm

      I certainly enjoyed my time off! We had a fabulous trip, and all my family was understanding of my painting every extra minute! Will bring them to the studio to show you.

  4. Saoirse on January 6, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    I love every one of these! What a wonderful trip <3

    • Michel McNinch on January 6, 2023 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you for such a lovely time. We love you.

  5. Robert McNinch on January 8, 2023 at 8:42 am

    Great trip full of new sights. Love my socks ! We had a wonderful visit .

    • Michel McNinch on January 10, 2023 at 9:45 am

      Yes~. Let’s go!

  6. Tina on January 8, 2023 at 9:30 am

    Thank you for letting me see your trip through your eyes! They are all beautiful!

    • Michel McNinch on January 10, 2023 at 9:45 am

      Thank you, thank you.

  7. Jimmy Lee on January 8, 2023 at 10:07 am

    Loved your paintings were beautiful. So different seeing snow. I think first time I’ve seen snow in your work. Loved Robert’s socks. What fiber do you use. Might be a good side business Assume these are small paintings love ya’ll

    • Michel McNinch on January 10, 2023 at 9:47 am

      Yes, first time for snow in my paintings. It was the first time really being in a snow other than a dusting. It came on so fast. 8 inches in an hour and a half.

  8. Virginia Donovan on January 8, 2023 at 10:16 am

    Thank you for sharing….!!!!
    These are wonderful!!!

    I always carry a watercolor kit in my car…. but I rarely use it.
    I take photos mostly…

    Maybe this year??!!!!
    New Year, New US!!!

    Virginia

    • Michel McNinch on January 10, 2023 at 9:48 am

      I love having it on hand. I go through spurts. During quarantine, I would head out and just stop somewhere and paint…..but that’s another sketchbook. : )

  9. Julie Saunders on January 8, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    Beautiful socks and paintings!

    • Michel McNinch on January 10, 2023 at 9:48 am

      Thanks, Julie!

  10. Roxanne on January 9, 2023 at 11:51 am

    There is a lightness, hope, and happiness in your watercolors of the trip. Looking forward to seeing the originals!

    • Michel McNinch on January 10, 2023 at 9:49 am

      Thank you for seeing the paintings in that light. I believe you are correct. Glad I was able to show you the originals first! : )

  11. Maggie Woodruff on January 10, 2023 at 8:54 am

    These paintings are so evocative. I am thrilled that you got all this new input for creativity.

    • Michel McNinch on January 10, 2023 at 9:50 am

      Thank you, Maggie. It was SO inspiring. Next week’s blog is also! We toured some grand old theatres.

  12. Bek on January 14, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    Love seeing our trip through your eyes:) You make everything beautifully realistic and I enjoy your art so much!

    • Michel McNinch on January 14, 2023 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you! We were making great memories. : )

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