The One that Got Away is a 18x14 oil done from life and imagination.
This is one from my Monday open studio but with a bit of a difference. The river (or maybe it’s a lake?) behind her is an imagined one.
The imaginary landscape has a long history. Just think of Mona Lisa and the fantastical rocks and water Leonardo gave her.
Even Claude Lorrain, who was perhaps the first landscapist, painted from his imagination. It’s said that he did oil sketches from life on which he based his finished work. But no one could look at Lorrain’s idealized serenity and not know that his painted world was more truly a product of his heart and his imagination.