After Hiatus . . .

“Slopes and Weather”
Oil on canvas panel
8 x 10 inches

I suppose vacation is something few artists ever get. Just look: I go on vacation and what do I do? Paint, of course!


Up in the mountains where everything is green, I was confronted with the choice to make everything green or should I exercise my artistic license and slather on some color Just for the heckuvit. I chose the latter and, frankly, I had fun doing it.

One thing I have learned over time . . . .that is if your values are right, you can do just about anything you want with color and come up with some interesting things. This little plein air oil painting was just such an effort. . . . .evening shadows, exaggerated slope angles, tree lines that became just shapes of color and a little angular house for contrast. The orange underpainting peeks through in places just for sparkle’s sake.

It all added up to a late afternoon of fun.

6 thoughts on “After Hiatus . . .”

  1. This absolutely glows beautifully. I'm glad you made your own color choices… I agree with you about value and color. You can pretty much paint anything any color you want as long as your values work… and you just proved it.

    -Don

  2. My first thought was "wow"! I just love the colors choices you made. The little orange spots that peak through just sparkle. A beautiful piece of art work for sure.

  3. Yes, being faced with overwhelming green can put a damper on day of painting. Putting on your Super Artist cape (que music from Underdog) and creating your own world of color was definitely the way to go! It's beautiful! Very interesting color choices. Hope you had a great un-vacation!

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