Monday, October 12, 2009

Palo Duro Canyon IV

6" x 8" oil on panel
$75.00 + $10. s/h
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This piece was painted early Wednesday morning at the bottom of the Canyon. It was 42 degrees, I was wearing all the layers I had, my nose was running, there was absolutely no sun, so all the value and light was FLAT! When I look at this piece I see great colors, but w/ no value. There wasn't any! Because of the weather one group decided to go to Amarillo and view the sites, one group hiked, our group was hard core and painted. But it makes me think. Should I have pushed the values and created some? Should I have hiked? Or should I have done what I did...painted what I saw. I don't think there's a right or wrong. When you're painting plein air, you just get what you get and enjoy it.

You can see I really loved this outing. I have 5 more pieces to post! Maybe I'll post some others as well for variety. (Or not.)

It is said that Georgia O'Keeffes's early paintings were influenced by her visits to the Canyon. "It is a burning, seething cauldron, filled with dramatic light and color." GOK


Cathyann said...

Now, I wished I had come with you all...sounds like you are diehard learning outside!
Love this tale. You did what you did...when you are back and view it later you can create from it and make it as you want based on this image. I just love that you stuck it out in the miserable weather..real trooper, you!:-)))
Looking ahead for the others!!!Best...C

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, this looks very abstract. I love it! I also love your comments about Georgia O'Keefe, very intersting. Envious of your painting adventure, sounds like a lot of fun!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Wow, look at those gorgeous colors in the canyon! Wish I were there with you just to witness all the beauty. Looking forward to seeing more, Pam!

Karen said...

I love the hard-core painter!
I don't miss more values at all here, because in a way the condensing of the few values that are here makes me more acutely aware of the colors' glow that you've got. It feels like 42 degrees and flat light. Love this series

Art with Liz said...

Stunning colours and wonderful scene. Lovely.

L.Holm said...

I really like the close values--it feels authentic. And those russet tones really glow.
Cathyann's right. You are a trooper!

Pam Holnback said...

Cathyann, Maybe we can plan a trip in the future when I'm back east.

Nancy, Just painting in the colrs does becom a little abstract.

Thanks Janelle, I was truly amazed at the colors of the Canyon.

Pam Holnback said...

Thanks Karen, Good to get opinions. We all to often question ourselves.

Thanks Liz, The colors there were stunning and changed daily!

Liz, The russets and purples were incredible.

Celeste Bergin said...

"cauldron" is a good descriptive word for a scene like this. You did a very good job with this.

Pam Holnback said...

Thanks Celeste, I guess a canyon is like a cauldron...just a long bowl.