Thursday, April 9, 2009


"Goodbye to the Sun" 11" x 14" oil

The two paintings featured today are
showing this
month at the Nomades
Del Arte
show at Southwest Gallery
( in Dallas. This is a
great plein air show with numerous
talented artists represented,
many of whom are OPS members.

The challenge in "Goodbye to the Sun"
was the moving light source. Clouds
were constantly moving across the
tops of the distant mountains and lake.
This required committing early to a
shadow and light pattern then sticking
to it regardless of the changes that took
place as I painted. Then the sun started
to set off to my right dropping the
foreground into shadow.

This actually worked to my advantage
because it helped light up the distant
lake and mountain. Sometimes you
get lucky and things work out.

"Taste of Fall" 8" x 10" oil

"Taste of Fall" was a lot of fun. Unlike
"Goodbye to the Sun" this one just fell
into place with little effort. The yellow
maple against the green trees and reddish
under brush was a ready-made painting.

Painted at mid-morning, I knew the
shadow patterns would hold for a while
and the only design thought I had was to
be sure and keep the maple off center.

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