Saturday, November 7, 2009

"Our Back Alley"

My wife suggested i do a painting of our back alley
so I didi! I began with a sketch which was fairly accurate as far as our alley goes, but then the fun begins when it is transferred to the paper. We do have a hole in our fence for the dog to look through, and a tree house for our youngest, Katarina.  We discovered a lady bug colony in the tree house yesterday and everyone was pretty excited to see how they nest for the winter, all huddled up in a cluster of a couple hundred or so. The tree house is now called the "Lady Bug Hotel".


  1. Ross,
    How delightful! I see this as the beginning of an illustrated children book. There is so much life in your paintings and they always make me smile. Thank you!

  2. Hi Ross

    I really adore your style, wonderful colour and joyful atmosphere!

    I love the treehouse and the story of the ladybugs nest.

    Great painting.

    Best wishes

  3. This is such a fun painting. Thanks for sharing part of your neighborhood with us.

  4. Delightful painting! I can imagine the joy you felt in doing it.Wonderful!

  5. Charming paintings! Full of whimsy and life.
    Lady bugs are good luck aren't they? Must be auspicious for the new year. :-)
    best regards,

  6. Natalie Darwent LynemFebruary 13, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    you should have said something about the homeless man who has resided there this winter! :) My favourite of all your paintings I think.