Monday, March 03, 2008

Mar 3 - Mules for Norco and a Demonstration

Here's another one I took over to Norco this morning. An odd size at 12 x 13.5 inches, I painted this one as a demonstration for the workshop last month, depicting morning light (even though the source photo was a black and white, and taken later in the day) for the students.

What I really like about it is the color harmony of the yellows, dusty salmon colors and the blues and violets, creating a nice complimentary balance. The distant buildings are essential for that color balance, even though they are compromised with cool yellow to gray them down. Note the darker shadow shapes in the nearby areas, where distant shadows are not as much of a contrast. "As things get further away, the contrast of values lessens".

This one is hanging and framed in dark warm wood on the wall of my "space" in Nellie Weaver Hall in Norco. The premier buyers' night will be this Thursday. I have nine paintings over there, and I like every one of 'em... High hopes here, even in a downturned retail market!

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Anonymous said...

hi there,

i was blog-hopping and found your blog. first, i have to complement you on your works. i think your art pieces are brilliant, with simplistic vibrancy in your colours. let's not forget the details you include in it as well, it speaks so much of impressionism. though i am not much of an artist myself, i can appreciate a good work when i see one. hope to see more from you. =)


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Anonymous certainly has the eye for a strong painting.
I love what you did with the color, especially brilliant since the reference was b&w. Great reflected warms under the horses belly. Wonderful color harmony all around.