Hello! What’s this? Good luck omen? Just deer? Well, whatever, it’s going to be a good plein air day.
The mountains are really burning off the moisture this a.m. which exaggerates aerial perspective and temperature contrast.
East view better than west.Gay goes for the deep space and shadow nuances.
I have a thing for rocks, so this is it for me.
Sometimes unusually shaped things don’t make for good paintings like rocks which look like headstones (or clouds shaped liked Micky Mouse)…but I can’t resist, c’est la vie.
I’m trying out a split primary palette. So, instead of just three hues use six; a warm and cool variation of each primary, plus white and black.
Yellow: Indian Yellow and Cad Lemon
Red: Alizarin Crimson and Cad Red Light
Blue: Ultramarine and Cerulean
We decide to move to another, cooler, spot up the Canyon. On our way we see many paintings waiting to happen. Aligator Juniper has such fab. texture-perhaps a better subject for pen and ink.
Yes! This tree is growing right out of this (purple) rock. We are debating which limited palette would suit this subject; a secondary triad? Simple harmony? Split complementary…
We settle into a spot with many big trees and trails. Also many campers and since it is Memorial Day weekend, lot’s of barbeque…mmmm, BBQ.
What time is it anyway?
What looks like rock stack at 11:30 (left) could look like rock stack (below) at 12:30…same, but different.
Which is in why we don’t start a painting in the a.m to finish in the p.m.
But, once again, couldn’t resist!
Here we go.
…and there goes the light…maybe I should do the little Mullein instead.
Now, this was a challenge.We are both challenged (we are painters after all).For some reason I decide to work on this one at home…completely changing it in the process (this is what happens when you take plein air inside-it’s never the same again).
Gay in the forest.
Love that Sycamore bark!
Gay Scheibl, oil on canvas, 2013
Meredith Milstead, 9×12, oil on panel, 2013