Saturday, May 26, 2012

"Foxen Canyon Oaks"
18" X 36" Oil on Canvas
Once again we had storms over the valley this Spring bringing much needed rain and my favorite, cool looking clouds once the storm begins to pass. I headed up to Foxen Canyon Road one afternoon as a storm began to blow out of the valley to get some reference photos. My favorite spot overlooks both the Firestone Winery and the Chamberlin Ranch on either side of the road. I don't paint there much because it is a wind tunnel a lot of times....major wind so I just take reference photos there. This scene has been painted by me in probably 5 or 6 paintings over the years. It is looking south towards the Santa Ynez mountains seperating our valley from Santa Barbara and the big Pacific ocean.


Maggie Latham said...

Just lovely, Ron.

Ron Guthrie said...

Thanks a lot Maggie. I really appreciate the comments from you.

Dianne said...

Glad you're back. That's so big and wonderful! You had room to work and it was worth it. Really beautiful!

Ron Guthrie said...

Thanks Dianne. Working on a large canvas made it easier to try new things like the grass treatments and working more into the clouds. Thanks for the comments!

Mick Carney said...

I've been missing your posts. Hope it means you've been painting. Another fine Guthrie.

Marian Fortunati said...

Missed your blog, Ron. I know you've had lots to deal with and am glad that it seems like life is adjusting.

Hope to see you around again one of these days.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Mick - Thanks buddy. Lots of things going on since one after another. Hope to be painting more regularly now.

Hi Marian - Thanks too. Hoping now that things are back to normal...itching to paint more.

William Wofford, Jr. said...

beautiful piece, ron.

i love the composition! the foreground and background balance is really nice and there is a peaceful quality that compliments all your technical ability.

sorry to hear of your difficulties. we all deal with difficult things in our lives, but how we deal with them makes us who we are. glad you are back on track.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi William,
Thanks a lot for the good words. Trying to get back in gear has taken a lot longer than I thought it would. Seems like it became one thing after another but I'm almost finished with another painting which is now coming together. I'm thinking things are changing for the better.

Thanks for the comments on the painting William, I really appreciate it.