Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Rogue River

This painting is from a recent trip to Grants Pass in Oregon. While there we stopped along the Rogue River at various parts since it runs right through town. This scene was located a few miles East of town at a rest stop. On the far bank was steep cliffs about 15-20 feet high covered in lush vegatation and kept in the shadows most of the morning. The sun had popped through in this one part illuminating a few bushes and I recorded it on film to use later as reference material for the painting you see here. This would have been a great area to do a plein air painting but sadly I'm still not geared up for that.....but I'm working on that.
I love Oregon and could find stuff to paint up there all day long. The road down through Cave Junction heading to California through the Redwoods would keep you painting for a lifetime I imagine. I'm dying to do a painting of the redwoods but I have yet to figure out a good composition that would not look so much like the many I have seen painted already. I'm in the same boat with Morro Rock in Morro Bay, CA....how do you paint something that will not look like the millions of other paintings of the same subject.
anyway, here is my painting titled "Rogue River Sunlight"....9"x12", Oil on Gallery Wrap canvas.


william wray said...

When a subject feels like it's be done to death, I try another subject. ;-) Nice glassy water by the way.

Ron Guthrie said...

That's probably good advice Bill. I imagine one day I'll figure out some way of doing these works. Thanks for the comments.

Michael Pieczonka said...

Ron.. wow.. I can't believe you can pull one like this off from a photo? Has the life and immediacy of a nice PA.

Anonymous said...

taking a peek at your site here, Ron.

I especially like this one - but i do like them all.
your pencil work is sensational.!!


Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Michael, thanks for the comments on this piece. I wish at the time I was there I had the courage to try doing a plein air of this but that wasn't in the cards at the time....besides, I had driven all night to get to this point in the trip and if anything wanted to just lay down and sleep! hahaha. When painting later back in the studio I still had a fresh sense of the moment there, the light, the crisp air, the sunlight...Oregon is a beautiful part of the country.

Hi Biki!! Thanks for taking a look at my work. I admire the work you've posted on A&A a lot...you've got a lot of talent Biki.