Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Desert Study WIP

Our recent trip to the Southwest was a sensory overload. We visited Sedona, Jerome and the Grand Canyon. I'm bravely posting this 8x8 study of the desert landscape from a photo I shot from the car. The photo is poor but I'm getting some nice color here. The painting is much lighter than it is showing. What I'm going to do is open a book and see how someone else might have handled this subject. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, which ever way you celebrate.

14 comments:

Kim Carlton said...

Merry Christmas, Mary~ Thanks for posting the drive-by painting. I have 72 million reference photos that want to be made into paintings and this inspires me.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

ain't it the truth!

I Want To Be An Artist said...

I love the colors here. The combination of blues is very beautiful and restful!

Paz said...

This looks beautiful! I love the colors.

Merry Christmas!

Paz

Paula Villanova said...

Your colors are absolutely splendid! This is beautiful Mary...and Merry Christmas!

Rhonda said...

Merry Christmas Mary! Lovely painting--inspires me to paint some landscapes! Maybe in 2009, I can start plein air painting again.

Looking forward to 2009. . .
Rhonda

Christy said...

This is gorgeous! Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year to you!

Will come back to see more of your art!

perez.art said...

Thank you Mary for stopping by my blog and for your comment, I wish to you and to your family a wonderful new year 2009, full of creativity, joy and success.
Alex

Sandy said...

This is looking good. I too have lots of photos I want to try drawing/painting,...some day.

I love Sedona and Jerome. actually never visited the Grand Canyon.

Hope you have a great New Year.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Mary - if you want to try and get the colours of a painting closer to what they are in reality try looking at the 'levels' function if you have that in your graphics software. I find that making adjustments there is most effective at getting an image closer to reality.

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Mary - Hope you Christmas was wonderful and here's wishing you a great 2009.

I love this painting - the colors are wonderful. Paint it as it spoke to you is the only thing I can say.

Since I wasn't there to see the real thing if this was dropped in my lap I would darken the colors and add a full moon - this reminds me so much of the desert at night.

Jean Victory said...

Mary,
I'm so jealous of your recent trip to the Southwest! I've always wanted to go to Arizona and New Mexico. I've even thought of moving out there just to get away from all of this cold and snow here in Maine. I love the colors of your recent work and you've really captured the flavor of the southwest. Happy New Year's!

rdl said...

I'm glad you celebrated xmas eve with us and santy dog - i have a cute pic - should blog about it. :D
Happy New Year!!

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Lovely landscape! It looks very inviting.

Keep up the good work!

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