This was my first painting of 2012.
I finished it a couple of weeks ago but I came across the idea for the painting last March. Robert was finally finishing up grad school and we wanted to make sure we took advantage of his very last spring break. So, where to go? What to do?
Party it up in Panama?
Skiing in Colorado??
Yeah right. Like any of those are affordable options for a grad school student and an artist. We packed a cooler and some clothes, loaded up Rusty, and made the roughly 6 hour drive to Murfreesboro, Arkansas,
to dig in the dirt.
Yup, digging for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, the only diamond site in the world where you can keep whatever you find. It was a lot of fun. Sorta like a cross between an Easter egg hunt, and digging for buried treasure. And it was addicting! Hard to walk away when it felt like you could be this close to finding riches.
_The thing about Murfreesboro, AR though (approx. population 1,800) is this- besides looking for diamonds, ain't a whole lotta else to do.
So we went fishing,
and we drove around. Which finally brings me to this-
that reminded me so much of this-
__Seriously y'all, it was like we'd found the truck's brother from another mother. Immediately I wanted to paint it. I liked the bright blue color and that 90's look the tractor itself had. I snapped a few pics for reference and mentally added it to my "to paint list." (Which by the way, is quite a lengthy list so this tractor is lucky to have made it off of there!) I added the little bird perched on top of the tractor because I think living things just make a painting come more alive. Plus I thought the contrast between a soft delicate creature and a hulking piece of machinery would be cool.
And just in case you're wondering, several diamonds were found while we were at the park.
Just not by us.