Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
This Easter morning I headed up into Azusa canyon to take some reference photos of morning light and it's effect on the canyon walls. I wanted to get shots of the pale filtered light and then try variations of that in paintings. This one is my first from that trip and I pushed the pale light that would recede on more distant background mountains. If you look at my ref you can see that the pale light was darker and really made the foreground hillside foliage contrast better. On lightening the background hills I lost some of that contrast...but that's ok, this was about pushing that pale light, not contrast.
This scene is off of Foxen Canyon road just above the Firestone Vineyards just north of the small town of Los Olivos.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
And here is the finished painting of mine...
"Azusa Canyon Wash"
12" x 24"
My reference photo doesn't show the wash at all. The dams block it out but I've seen it enough times to just paint it in. At the base of the mountains I added suggested buildings and homes so this is actually a little of both the past and present.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Here it is up on the easel. The top, or background area, is finished and I am blocking in the foreground colors.
Here is the finished piece below
"In The Figueroas"
16" X 20" Oil on Canvas