Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Oaks on the Chamberlain Ranch

"Oaks on the Chamberlain Ranch"
22" X 28" Oil on canvas
In this painting I wanted to try capturing the evening light against the hillsides. The warm tones of last light against a hillside is always a favorite sight to me so why not paint it. Our grassy hills are all now brown with the summer here. This always leads to wonderful earthtones to mix and try getting right.
I'm always amazed at how great some paintings can look from across a room while others look better the closer you get. This one is stunning as you get back and the eye can mix the colors without being bothered by the detail...much like seeing it in real life. Each time I walk into the studio this painting catches my eye even if my overhead painting lamp isn't on....when it's left on the painting looks even better.

I had a painting in a 22" x 28" frame but it was painted a while back and I thought another attempt at that size was in the cards. They had a recent canvas sale so I picked one up at that size and painted this one up to replace the older painting....a good thing too because I'm much happier with this image.


Sheila said...

You're right! This painting is stunning from a distance but it is beautiful up close too. Your use of light and composition is enviable.
Love your studio too.

Mick Carney said...

This would certainly bring a feeling of peace to any room that it adorned. Love the composition and the usual skilful rendering of grass and foliage.

Ron Guthrie said...

Thanks Sheila. I like it but it really comes together from across the room. Nice to see up close but that space really helps it all to come together. The studio is hotter than heck in the afternoons right now....summer....have to paint earlier in the day.

Hi Mick. I can't wait till it's dry enough to check it out in the frame. Overhead lights would really make it stand out too.