|Howard Creek Ranch Plein Air. 16"x12". |
Oil on linen panel. July 2012
This post begins with a plein air study done while we were staying at Howard Creek Ranch: the hills behind the farm house, with a forest running down to its rose garden, with the ocean behind the viewer. What I thought attracted me to this view were two technical challenges: compositional, with the hill dominating both the sky above and the garden and the roof below; and coloristic, with dominant greens and their subtle variety (by the way, no green pigments have been used in the making of this painting).
|The native hue of resolution. 24"×18"Oil on linen, August 2012|
|I remember a garden. 16"x12".|
Oil on linen panel. September 2012
So this was, as it turned out, what attracted me to this view in the first place: the initially unrecognized hint of shared remembrances of things past, the ever-present contrast between peaceful harmony of nature and painful energies of human emotions attached to it.