Monday, March 16, 2009

Valley Poppies

Another scene painted to work on shadow and distance. This is no particular area around here but working from imagination. I'm sure this valley in various areas looks very similar to this scene. Spring rolls around and the California poppies begin to bloom all over the place. The Lupine should be blooming soon so I'm keeping my eye out for it.

"Valley Poppies"

9" X 12" Oil on Masonite Panel

I will be in a show with my local artists guild this Saturday and will probably paint outside with a friend of mine, Syd McCutcheon. I'll probably do a similar scene to this one since there isn't much to paint in the park where we will be painting at. I did this one to warm up for the show. Took me about 2 hours today so I think I'll be ok for Saturday. I'd hate to get out there and draw a blank for a subject or totally goof it. I'd like to be able to do one of these in less than an hour but I'm still not able to paint that quick using my imagination. Sometimes you have to see in your mind what you want and then make that happen with the paint. Sometimes you paint it but don't like it so you think of something else that works so this stuff slows me down a bit.


Maggie Latham said...
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Maggie Latham said...

Ron, I zapped my comment by mistake…so here goes for a second time:
This is beautiful.....I think once we have a lot of plein air and on location study time under our belt, it becomes easier to pull off a convincing scene from our imagination. I love the intuitiveness of working this way, but not all my paintings are 'keepers”!
Good luck with the show.


Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Maggie,
Hey, that's a great article you wrote about making your own prints. I've been doing them for years in black and white of my pen & ink drawings. Was thinking about the move to color for producing notecards so the info is handy to have...thanks! You've also got some great landscape pieces on your Blog!

Some of my imaginative works are pretty good and some are probably going to be with me for a long time...that's ok...they're good to look back on and study why they were sub-salable. When doing plein air work there is plenty of time to look around and really study what is in front of you. I do it as I drive around here running errands. I would bet most artists are always observing nature, light, shadow and color. Sure comes back to help you out when working with just the imagination.

Thanks for your comments Maggie. It's always good to hear from you!