Thursday, March 07, 2013

Santa Ynez Valley Inspired

Valley Evening
12x16 Oil on panel

Continuing my fun with trees, namely eucalyptus trees, this is another Santa Ynez valley inspired painting. The only drawback to this looking more like the valley is the pinkish violet mountains. Ours usually turn a bluish color with pink highlights along the ridges. Still, these scene reminds me a lof of the valley in late afternoon light as the sun goes down over the Santa Rita hills to the west of us. Threw in the little trail here and added some birds....the birds came along because this morning I was thumbing through an old Walter Foster book written by artist William Palluth and he used birds a lot in his paintings, thank you Mr. Palluth. I liked the way Palluth painted his foliage and grasses. If you ever come across some of his work or one of his old books take a look, you'll enjoy the paintings of his.
Here is a detail shot of that nice looking tree to the left......fun with trunks!


2 comments:

Mick Carney said...

There's a lovely warmth to this one and the detail shot shows some lovely subtle brushwork.

Ron Guthrie said...

Thanks Mick....I didn't want to put up a bunch of detail images but this has some great little areas in it...nice things going on. This painting started one way and evolved into quite a few different looks because I kept coming back to it trying this or that out.