Saturday, April 11, 2009

"Life Among the Ruins" - SOLD


This scene is from some historic ruins in Salado. I'm bad at remembering details ... I don't know what the ruins are from. But it was a lovely scene in the afternoon light. What's tough about painting en plein air (outside) is the light is usually so strong it is overwhelming. I have a hard time seeing subtle shifts in value as I put paint on my canvas. The walls looked much more similar in value outside than they do now, on the painting.

16 comments:

Jo Castillo said...

I like the way your style works in your landscapes. Great feeling of sunlight and space in this one. It makes me smile. :)

Jeremy Elder said...

Great brushstrokes. I really gives that dappled light effect.

LSaeta said...

I am curious what size brush you use. This is a beautiful painting and I love the way you depicted the light.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

I love the strong lights on the stones and the bright hues because of the sunlight. Salado is a great place to visit--it is very lovely and an interesting.

Elenka said...

Your juxtaposition of lights and darks is always so appealing.
Happy Easter to you and your family, Carol.

DSM said...

Carol, This is my favorite, most 'legible' painting from your outings. Simple shapes against green parts and a dash of dark. Doesn't hurt that I'm a sucker for all-things back-lit...

'til Jacksonville! David M.

Bobbi Heath said...

This is lovely! The light strokes on top of the ruins are just right. I love what you are doing in the plein air landscapes. Thanks for showing us the photo on the last one so we could see how you are editing the composition.

Michael Sanchez said...

I think this one turned out rather nice. Well done...it builds more excitement in my own upcoming workshop this week with Don Demers!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

It really evokes the light. Very strong shapes and, as usual, your singing brush work. I feel like I'm there. Beauty!

Dani Brandimarte said...

This is definitely my favorite of these plein air pieces, although they're all wonderful. You're style is very apparent, I would know this is yours a mile away. It conveys a lot but remains very loose-looking.

Hill Country House Girl said...

I am still loving your work. This series from Salado is wonderful. I am adding you to my "favorite blogs" list at hill country house!!

Cheryl said...

A great reminder that simple shapes work best. Thanks - lovely!

Cheryl said...

Carol... my invite from last summer still stands if you want a place to hang your hat between teaching weeks at Red Deer College.

Liz said...

This one is stunning the way you used color and stroke to define the stone. I love everything about this. What size brush were you using - obviously bright- but what size?

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Carol Marine said...

Thanks for the great response you guys! This is my personal favorite from the workshop.

Liz, I use flats and brights. The sizes vary from brand to brand so I'll give you the width in inches. I use 2 main brushes for these small ones: 1/2" and 1/4".