Friday, June 02, 2006

"Paint what you see"



Early in the morning I wound my way up out of Redding and found this view of Mt. Shasta. I really wanted to spend some time painting the oaks of California. Individually they are intriguing and make strong designs on the hills. There are a few things going on in this painting that I like. The road cut is the impasto effect I'm trying to achieve. I'm finding it easier to work this way and delight in pushing the thick paint around and loading my brush with many colors. I try to refrain from overworking the paint and allowing it to blend together on the canvas. The red soil of California is a great opportunity to use colors I haven't had the opportunity to use and make for great purple shadows.

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