Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Canyon Road

Canyon Road, 12 x 12

Last weekend I went to the Canyon of the Eagles Park for a women's retreat with my church. I had heard it was a beautiful drive out there and a great location, so I packed my bags with easel and brushes, and painted my way there. A new road always offers up unplanned gifts; and spontaneous stops are so much fun.

16 comments:

LSaeta said...

Great composition and your colors are magnificent! So warm!

julie davis said...

Love it, Laurel. I like the yellows in the foreground and the strong value shifts in the trees.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

This is indeed wonderful! The yellow flowers in the foreground, the beautiful tree shape and strong values. STUNNING!

rahina qh said...

A sounds like a metaphor for life. Lovely painting but how long did you stop to do it and did you reach your destination? r

Laurel Daniel said...

Thanks everyone! Rahina, I did make it to my destination after only a couple of long stops. But that is what leaving early is for! This painting took about 2 hours.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Laurel,

This is just awe inspiring. I feel like I need to study each painting you make! I stare and stare and
can't stop thinking wow!wow!wow!

XOXOXOBarbara

Jala Pfaff said...

Awesome, fiery darks.

Tracey Mardon said...

I love the ghost edge on the painting in the background. What a great idea to go early and get a painting in on the way! The Indian Yellow in the foreground really is stunning!

Double "D" said...

Wonderful painting.
You have a great eye for color
and value. Everyone of your paintings
makes me want to back and paint
with oils. I guess I'll leave that to
you and just enjoy looking at yours.
.

Pam Holnback said...

As always you say so much w/ so few brush strokes. I love the flowers in the foreground.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Laurel, I love your darks in the tree, so dramatic! A very simple and very elegant painting.

David Westerfield said...

This is really a nice one Laurel. I like the foreground leading to the tree and the painterly edges.

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Laurel, I am so impressed that you packed your supplied and actually found a place to stop and paint! I am very good at having good intentions but it's hard to actually set up on the side of the road and paint for me. How long did this take you? It's beautiful and you've inspired me to get outside and paint! thank you for sharing. Oh, I wish you would write more about your plein air painting adventures!
Joan

Joan Breckwoldt said...

I see it took you 2 hours. Guess I should have read the other comments first!
Joan

Marian Fortunati said...

No one can ever accuse you of not "stopping to smell the roses".. or any other flowers... Just gorgeous!!!

L.Holm said...

adore the deep warm shadows in this, Laurel. sublime! and that bit of bright in the field. zowie.