Saturday, February 20, 2010

32 Degrees and Holding

8" x 10" oil on gessoed masonite
$195.00 + $10. s/h
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In my continuing series "Paining My Way Through Texas"....after 4 nights in Austin we headed south to San Antonio.  Our plan was to stay there several days as there is so much to see.  We visited the Alamo and meandered along the River Walk late in the afternoon (both of these are listed in our book "501 Must See Places").  We thought it would be fun to take a boat ride on the river, so arrived the next morning at 9:30, but were told that due to the freezing temperatures it wouldn't open until 10:00.  We went back at 10:00 and were told that it was still too cold for the boat operators and that they might start running around 11:00.  We decided that it was just too cold to stay in San Antonio so left.  These are the joys of a road trip with an unplanned itinerary.

This live oak was just a little ways outside of town.  It was an overcast,  gray, 32 degree day.  I'm not sure I got the sky quite gray enough.  I used a very limited palette for this piece.  The sky was the leftover pile of nuetral violet from the last painting (I had scraped it all into the corner) mixed with cad yellow deep and white.  For the rest I only needed ultramarine blue, cad yellow deep, a little alizaron and white to get all the grayed values.

8 comments:

Dana Cooper said...

You really captured the weight and beauty of this oak tree, it's sensational!
Glad to see you back on my blog roll too!

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Wow, this is just gorgeous. Says Texas live oak but thankfully isn't the typical spring or summer scene you see so much of here. Love the color of the foreground, the grays in the distant trees and the soft lilac sky. Superb!!!

elizabeth avedon said...

I love your project Painting Your Way Through Texas. I love the Live Oaks there. Good Luck with your project.

Steven W. Dunn said...

Hi, Pam
Your brushwork lends so much energy to the painting-how wonderful! We share a love of trees and painting.
Steven

Celeste Bergin said...

a nice big Texas tree!

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, Another beautiful live oak. I love both your paintings, and your writing. It's great to hear about your colors choices and your travels. Pam, thank you for sharing your many talents!

Pam Holnback said...

Thanks Dana, Weight is a great adjective for these live oaks. They are heavy, solid trees.

Debbi, Thanks. Being in Texas in the winter really helped me paint grays.

Elizabeth, Thanks for visiting my blog.

Thanks Steven, These trees were so much fun to paint.

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