Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Cactus City"


This is another one from Inks Lake, with the morning light on the cactus. I did this the second day and experimented with NOT putting down a ground first (or toning the canvas). I am used to putting down a ground with still lifes, and it has worked well in my opinion. But with landscapes it tends to make the whole thing darker, or has for me, and I really like how light and bright this turned out with the white showing through in spots.

11 comments:

Linda said...

Love the greens and blues! Is your plein air palette the same as your still life palette? This painting looks just like spring - light and airy. Wonderful!

Bobbi Heath said...

This is great, Carol! you really got the cactus and the sunlight, lovely clear colors, I love it.

Kim Morin Weineck said...

I really enjoy this landscape, Carol, and appreciate your comments about value and toning your canvas.

This work sparkles. What a success!

Colin Page said...

Very nice Carol. I really like how this one came out. Great light on the cactus. Congrats on the new studio. It looks nice.

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Hi Carol, I have admired your paintings for a long time but only occasionaly post. I saw some of your paintings at the gallery in Marble Falls recently and they are even more beautiful in person. I love these recent paintings from the Hill Country, I'm in Houston but we get up to the Hill Country often. The Cautious Duck is especially wonderful!
Joan

DSM said...

Yes, this is more legible to me.

There's a guy whose blog is called 'virtual gouache land' and he did something that reminded me of your technique of reloading the brush for EVERY new brushstroke. His goal is to do a landscape with no more than 20 brushstrokes. They're pretty wonderful, too.

Have fun!

Pam Holnback said...

Another great piece. i often tone my landscape canvases w/ a cad yellow or yellow ochre. Allows lots of sparkles to show through.

The Candle Wine Project said...

How do you normally determine what color to tone the canvas? I mean, if you were going to do red apples on a blue background, what color do you tone the canvas with?

Hope Cunningham Daily Paintings said...

Gee Carol, I think that your still life approach is translating beautifully to the landscape. This is a really tough subject and you did a nice job of it. Landscape is so hard, everything is integrated and related. In a still life you have distinct objects that influence one another; the landscape is not so neatly arranged and cooperative! I so wish I could visit Texas right now, its a happenin' spot in Spring. My sister just moved to Fredercksburg and another sister lives in Austin. need to get out that way soon....BTW the competitive bidding on crowded house was fierce!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

One of my favorites because of the way you nailed the 'idea' of the cactus shapes. Difficult subject but not for you!

RT said...

You nailed the sunlight Carol, well done!