backyard swimming pool

swimming pool (10″ x 15″) on matte board   ( you can click the image for a larger view)

I ended up making a mess of my under-painting and starting over with a simpler composition more focused on the pool and the Japanese Maple. There was a bunch of other stuff I wanted to show you but the woebegone pool was getting lost.  I haven’t painted anything in a long time and there was definitely  a settling in period, finding a rhythm and a particular sort of focus. That particular sort of focus, when achieved,  is one of the things I most like about this kind of work.  It feels like a little milestone in this project to have something painted and  pretty much finished. I’m full of ideas for other  drawings and paintings – places I want to show you. I also want to start to tie these images together and put them into the geographical context of my remembered childhood for you. I’ve begun drawing a map and I’ll show you some work on that and maybe a mysterious covered well next  Wednesday.


  1. This is wonderful, Ann– and I’m not just saying that! I love this. It just goes to show– beauty is everywhere. Even in our own back yard. Great job. Now let’s see a little something with that disgruntled pony. He would be a great subject to paint, don’t you think? :]

    Take care,


  2. There’s something about this picture that is so appealing to me…a memory…a feeling of security…thank you…

  3. I agree that this is a wonderful painting. The way the leaves fall into the pool at the end of summer and how refreshing and unassuming an above ground pool is gives me a smile too.

  4. Beautiful would look great in a children’s book
    The pool could be given a new lease of life
    It could start with frogs Nd other animals living in it and the new people who buy the house decide to restore it so the children can play in it. But first they have to build a new home for the frogs

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