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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

100 plein air paintings in 100 days - #74/#75/#76

#74 - "Secret Vantage"
Original Oil 6x8"

10/07/07 (5:30pm)
When I found this little spot tucked away  at the base of Tunnel Mountain, I was super keen to paint it but I knew the danger would be in making it too busy. Which I then proceeded to do. After fiddling endlessly with it, I took out a big brush and knocked it all back to big, simple shapes, and immediately liked it much better!
























#75 - "Tunnel Mountain"
Original Oil 8x6"
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10/07/07 (8pm)
One thing I have loved about this project is that I am getting to know places I have walked in for 20 years much more intimately. That, and discovering all kinds of little nooks and crannies that I never noticed before. I've always thought it was cool the way the strata on Tunnel arcs toward the sky, so that was the subject of this painting.


#76 - "Very Last Light"
Original Oil 6x8"
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10/07/07 (9:30pm)
This was the 3rd painting on this day. I had hiked back up to the parking lot and was moments from the car when I saw this over my shoulder. I really debated whether I wanted to unpack all my gear and set up for another painting. Once again the project motivated me and then it was a race to get this down in the remaining half hour of light.

12 comments:

  1. wow the top image is astounding!

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  2. Okay, now THESE are three of your best! I know I say this with each new post. Your light in each one is spectacular.

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  3. Your big brush trick in Secret Vantage surely did the trick. This is an amazing piece. I love the glow you captured.

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  4. Liz, I think #74 is my favorite! You really got something there.

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  5. I am all about "secret vantage". Looks like such a warm, inviting spot. Incredible colors.

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  6. Oh please take me to the SECRET VANTAGE!
    Your painting of it is divine ... it should make your top ten for sure!

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  7. A note on "Secret Vantage": I was inspired by Herman Pekel (see post #68) to add a fan brush and a rigger to my arsenal, neither of which I've used before. After kicking this piece back to big, simple shapes, I used the fan brush to create the foliage on the right, and the rigger to suggest the dark branches and light calligraphy in the background. Today's lesson for me: never stop learning and trying new tools!

    Alice, we'll go friend!

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  8. Oh the light on Secret Vantage!! I need to be there, now! Beautiful work.

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  9. Liz the light in Secret Vantage is stunning. And the name really fits, it has such an intimate secret place feel to it.

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  10. LOVE "Secret Vantage". I hope you will plan to do a studio piece from this study. Wonderful light and composition.

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  11. All 3 of these are so good. Secret Vantage is my favorite as well. It feels like I've rounded the corner and found a private Paradise. Those spots of light yellow green are pure genius!
    Great job on the water too.

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  12. Love the play of light in all your paintings of this challenge! Secret Vantage looks exciting as if we are on an adventure :)
    This is heaven!

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