Thursday, January 14, 2010

Monument Valley II

5" x 7" oil on gessoed masonite
$100.00 + $10. s/h
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With this study I toned the bottom half of the panel with violet and the top half with yellow ochre.  Normally I tone the whole canvas in yellows/oranges.  But, wanted to see what the earth would look like with a different tone peeking through.  I like the result.

Monument Valley is on the border of Utah and Arizona on the Navajo Nation.  You can drive yourself around the front of the area, but we wanted to go back deep into the Navajo Tribal Park (30,000 acres), so took a 3 hour tour with a local Navajo.  This way we got to see the incredible geologic formations, monoliths, petroglyphs, and pictographs.  We also got an insight into their present day lifestyle and cultural history.


Jill Berry said...

Great idea- on the toning...
awesome result!

Pam Holnback said...

Thans Jill, I think I'll do the 2-tone again.

Karen said...

Interesting...I've never toned with the half and half way...would you keep doing that? What advantage/disadvantage did it have do you think?