Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Canyonland Values

16" x 20" oil on stretched canvas
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This is another piece from Canyonlands National Park, Utah.  I would say that we've gotten our money's worth out of our annual National Park Pass.  My husband has used it 11 times; I've been to 7 parks this year.

I've really been working to be aware of values.   It's so easy to just darken the darks, and lighten the lights.  I used to tell my students that painting was like doing the laundry (darks and lights.)  But, then I realized that most middle school students didn't do their own laundry, so that didn't mean much to them.  Anyway, w/in the darks, there are lots of different colors in the same value range.  The same is true of the lights.  In this piece, I wanted the center of interest and focal point to be the canyon on the right, but I worked the most on the shadow values in the front.


The southwest is filled with pictographs and petroglyphs.  This wall of petroglyphs is Newspaper Rock, on the south side of the Park.

If you click on this picture you can read about the ancient rocks.

19 comments:

Cathyann said...

Gosh Pam...I'd say you did too! these are fabulous paintings...

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Beautiful!! The center of interest is very obvious and colorful, and the shadowed foreground is very interesting, but doesn't conflict with the focal point. Love the value contrasts and the way the background fades in detail. Excellent job!!!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

I do like the richly colored and detailed foreground, Pam! Would love to see this one in person. Nice job!

Linda said...

Beautiful painting. I like the saturated color, especially in the shadow areas. This is a wonderful series of paintings!

loriann said...

another beauty... great use of a dark foreground to lead the eye in.

Amy Hillenbrand said...

You really captured the light, well done

Ralph said...

Love the painting and I found the bit about that wall very interesting.

AutumnLeaves said...

Amazing painting, Pam. I love that dark foreground framing this beautiful scene. Also enjoyed seeing the petroglyphs and the accompanying information on the sign!

Pam Holnback said...

Thank you Cathyann! You need to get back out west

Debbi, Thanks, As I said, value has been my focus lately.

Thank you Diane, I also often wish I could see some of others paintings in person. Clicking and enlarging is great, but not quite the same. That's why openings, galleries, museums are so great.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Oh! Pam! This is breathtaking! Love all the darks in the front, and light in the background! Beautiful work!

Pam Holnback said...

Thank you Linda & Loriann, The shadows and values w/in them were what I really focused on.

Amy, Thank you. The morning light really hits those canyons.

Thank you Ralph, That ancient art is interesting!

Autumn, Thanks, You're right, when dark is put in front like that it does frame!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

and I think you nailed it because my eye lingered on the shadow foreground before moving on to the beautiful red rocks!

Pam Holnback said...

Nancy, Thank yo so much!

Mary, Great. I wanted you to look there a little before moving on.

susan hong-sammons said...

really nice is just not a strong enough compliment. This is reeeeeally nice!!! I love the shadow beginning pulling you into the beautiful light.

Karen Bruson said...

Luscious paint. Beautifully done.

Karen said...

You totally got your $$'s worth! In paintings!
The values/the abstraction is perfect here. And the subtle shifts of values within the masses are just enough, not too much.

Pam Holnback said...

Susan, Thank you soooo much!

Thank you Karen, And Karen, I've really been paying close attention to the values.

becky joy said...

Nice piece Pam. I've been there painting also. So many great things in Utah to paint.

Amber L. Bailey said...

This is a great painting, lovely colors! -Amber