Landscape Oil Painting Outdoors/Landscape Painting Places Virtual Paint-Out

Romanian Winter Hayride (Virtual Paintout)

Romanian Winter Hayride, oil painting on panel, 9x12"
Romanian Winter Hayride, oil painting on panel, 9×12″ (SOLD)

After rambling around Romania, seeing beautiful summery farmland, busy cities, and a shepherd walking his sheep down a village street, suddenly it was Christmas with nativity scenes in front yards and this wonderful snowy hayride (virtually, of course via Google Streetview for the Virtual Paintout).

Romanian Winter Hayride Reference Photo
Bicaz-Chei, Romania: Winter Hayride Reference Photo

Yesterday I’d tried painting a different Romania scene (below) but soon realized I was laboring joylessly on a hopeless painting, fighting paint the consistency of toothpaste. I gave up, scraped off the panel (glad I’ve gotten smarter about when to cut my losses), and returned to Google’s wonderful new where I found the above photo.

Today I started over, using regular oil paints (ahhh the glorious, buttery, creaminess!), telling myself to pretend I was painting plein air (instead of from an image on my computer monitor) and that I only had 2-3 hours to complete the painting. I also made a point to stop before I felt it was “perfectly” finished to avoid overworking it.

Reference for painting that didn't work
Reference for yesterday’s painting that didn’t work

On Google’s new MapCrunch you pick a country and then click “Go” to be taken randomly to Google Streetview scenes in that country where you can scroll around 360 degrees or click your way down the road. Wandering Streetview is so realistic that a couple of weeks ago I was thinking about a little seaside village on top of a hill that had a sign for cave tours and was trying to remember when I’d been there or exactly where it was. Finally, a couple of hours later I realized it was an Irish village that I’d explored on Streetview but had never seen in real life.

Romanian Shepherd and Sheep
Romanian Shepherd and Sheep

7 replies on “Romanian Winter Hayride (Virtual Paintout)”

This is a terrific painting! It’s almost set back to that famous “kinder, gentler” time George Bush, Sr. referred to, way back then. Cudos to you!


Nice painting; cool colors convey the sense of the chilly day. I like the way the warm hay tone is echoed slightly in the leaves, contrasting with the varied purples. What an easy way to travel — I guess I can “go” to the bahamas this winter after all! — Beth


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