Thursday, October 29, 2015

Freshly Hayed Fields

Freshly Hayed Fields
plein air oil  9" x 12"
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In early September my husband and I spent several days on a ranch in Mancos, CO which is near Mesa Verde National Park or the Four Corners area.  It was a bit over cast almost everyday, but still quite green from all the rain we had in Colorado over the summer.  Many of the ranchers were cutting, or had just cut, the hay.  I didn't know much about hay, except that I love painting hay bales. You have a short period where you can cut and bale the hay.  It can't sit too long on the ground.  It's interesting to get a peek at something different than your usual life.


hmuxo said...

Beautiful landscape!

pattie remmey said...

Hi Pam,
I'm glad to see that over cast days don't discourage you. I'm getting a little better at seeing some beauty in those cloud covered landscapes. {I just can't help loving late day golden light with long shadows and brilliant contrasts} I like the way you "pushed" the cool blue of the mountain. Notice I said "pushed" and not exaggerate. At Incamminati they tell us that Nelson does not like the word exaggerate as it implies not being truthful. So I guess you are being truthful by "pushing". Anyway you did a nice job. I also like that your blog is a little travel log as well....always learning and discovering things around you.

Pam Holnback said...

Thank you Hilda. So appreciate your comments.

Pattie, Thanks so much. I do have to admit that I probably would not have gone out painting if it had been a cloudy day here in Colorado Springs. But, when you drive almost 6 1/2 hours to visit a location to paint, you go out no matter the weather. Sometimes you have to push a bit. You want to create more contrast, you don't want a tonal/gray painting, you want to brighten things up. If it works, do it. Sometimes realism; sometimes impressionism.