Wednesday, March 09, 2011

California Palm

$100 plus $10 S&H


This fabulous scene from the mountains of California was painted from a photo by one of my blogger friends, Shelley Smart who kindly allowed me to use it as reference. Shelley is originally a Maine girl who resides on the West Coast and paints and photographs the beach out there.
I am enthralled by the beauty of the greenery against the snow capped mountains. I rarely do this but I'm posting two photos of this because much of the subtlety is lost in the photos. One is untouched and is warmer and one is Photo Shopped for contrast and it cooler. The actually painting is somewhere in the middle.
Photo Shopped

16 comments:

Marie Theron said...

So very nice and colourful! It is totally painterly and not photographic at all!

J Joy Nocifora said...

Such a nice variety of loose brush strokes on the palms. Nice!

Norma Wilson said...

Beautiful painting...love your brush work!

Shelley Smart said...

Just beautiful! I agree, the brushwork is amazing!

I like the photoshopped, cooler one! But it is hard to get it to match your original artwork!

Sheila said...

You rock! I saw the photo inspiration and you turned it into a gem of a painting! Love this!

Anonymous said...

It is amazing how many different type of palm trees there are. This is a nice painting against the snow on the mountains, but I AM NOT BUYING THIS ONE. love Auntie

SamArtDog said...

I can't decide which one, either. Luscious amount of paint and great color in "bofum". Whaddya want--vivid color or texture? I'll always choose color. I guess.

Beautiful photo, Shell!

Linda K. Nickles said...

This is beautiful. The colors are rich and vibrant, and the brushstrokes are terrific!

Dana Cooper said...

This is luscious Mary, with your beautiful brushwork and gorgeous color! I saw it and thought you had been in CA because that is the view for many of us that live here. Next best thing though was one of Shelly's beautiful photos, well done!

Anne Winthrop Cordin said...

This is beautiful,very painterly.I'm just back from Marco Island,took alot of photos of palm trees there. It's so good to be back in the studio!

Kristeena Crabb said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! The contrasting colors and the play of light are exceptional!

Linda Popple said...

Really beautiful and bright! I love seeing your brushstrokes. They are so confident.

Marian Fortunati said...

I always love Shelley's photos and you've done a great job of bringing this palm / mountain snow one to life in a painting!!

A great symbiotic relationship!!!

Kathy Cousart said...

Mary,
This is wonderful. I just love how you painted the Palm with gorgeous brush strokes against the snow covered mountains! Makes me smile.

AutumnLeaves said...

Beautiful juxtaposition of palms (considered only in those warm climates) and those snowy peaks in the distance.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Mary, I love the Palm tree! You did a great job on the leaves! These are such gorgeous trees!

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