Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Meadow at Evening

Meadow at the Mission
9X12 Oil on Linen panel
This tiny meadow is over at Mission Santa Ynez and overlooks the valley at the eastern end of the mission. At the end of a sunny afternoon you start to get nice looking long cast shadows from the pepper trees that line the entrance. This scene captures the various shades of earth colors as they weave an eratic pattern in that field of dry grasses.


Maggie Latham said...

Ron, I really like the muted colours and mood of this one.... and the tiny suggestions of foreground grasses. Way to go!

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Maggie,
I did a sunset painting not long ago and it was really "contrasty". I don't like painting those type of paintings since the values are so strong. I guess that's why I mute these paintings down whenever I do them....just a personal thing.

Over the years I have discovered that I'm not a big fan of yellow, I don't like painting leaves, and anytime you put in a structure it takes much longer to complete the painting....little things but they are that 800 lb gorilla.

Thanks Maggie for your comments. Always appreciate them.

Mick Carney said...

Great use of colour to show recession across the meadow. Another Ron classic.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Mick,
Thanks for the comment on this one. It was a painting to really work on things and at the same time try out painting on linen. The grasses are always fun to do and I'm inching my way to doing much taller foreground grasses. Thanks again Mick.