Friday, May 29, 2009

Figueroa Mountain Hillside

"Figueroa Mountains Hillside"
9"x 12" Oil on canvas covered panel
Just finished this one up that I had painted to work on bright sunlight. I had taken some reference photos from the Figueroa mountains in afternoon light. I had some great shots of the rocks and grasses catching the light so they've been the inspiration to paint a few of that area.

I'm not crazy about the photograph of this painting. I've just upgraded to a newer computer but using my old monitor and the colors seem to be slightly off in my monitor now. I'm finding it hard to get used to the new colors and wondering why they seem to be different....possibly the color profile from the computer??? I dunno.


Mick Carney said...

I really enjoy this more intimate style of picture and have been asking myself why I haven't done more of it myself. I particularly like the rock on the left of the picture, it reads so realistically. And this from a man that I remember once said he wasn't comfortable painting rocks.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Mick,
That's what I mean about me I had a heck of a time painting that one but never felt like it worked like I wanted it you, you see a rock. Maybe it's all in my head. Glad you like it though Mick.

I like to jump back and forth between sweeping vistas and then close up areas that focus on light or shadow or color. The closer ones help me to understand the elements that will be in the larger panoramas...I guess it all makes sense, if you can paint a clump of distant trees you should be able to paint a close up of a single tree.
Thanks for checking this one out Mick.