Friday, May 15, 2009

Revisiting Canyon Road

Revisiting Canyon Road, 30 x 30

Last week I had a good-sized block of studio time available, in which I painted this 30x30 version of "Canyon Road" (posted 5/5). My goal with these larger pieces is to retain the simplicity and freshness of my original field work, as well as to let the new piece "morph" in it's own direction. My approach? Same process, bigger brushes, way more paint and LOTS of backing up!

15 comments:

mike rooney studios said...

Laurel- any tips youve gleaned from doing "loose/fresh" larger from field stuff would be greatly appreciated. i try and try and the larger never has the same "juice" as the stuff i do on location, even using bigger brushes and more paint. any ideas would be immensely helpful. its my nemesis!

mike rooney studios said...

ps
meant to say too,,,, i love the bigger one. you achieved your goal!beautiful!

Denise R said...

I love this! The larger version is just as wonderful as the smaller one. I love your work!

Trish Siegel said...

Definitely retained the freshness of the first painting. I really love the yellows in the foreground and the pinks in the horizon. Outstanding as always.

rahina qh said...

Looking great! Brilliant handling of the light from foreground to background Laurel but I bet it isn't as simple as you describe it:)

Paul said...

Outstanding colour and brushwork Laurel (on all your paintings), lovely atmosphere to all the work.

Victor Errington said...

Hi Laurel.
I think you are a brilliant painter.I look for your daily painting every day,and am dosapointed when there isn`t one there.But this latest painting
of yours-Revisiting canyon Rd`,
is fantastic.How do you get those
lovely colours?.I have just joined
you as a follower,hope you don`t
mind.All the best.
Vic from London England.

David Westerfield said...

Beautiful Laurel. A great example of what a field study can become in the studio.

Marian Fortunati said...

I'd love to hear the same thing Mike is asking... Especially seeing that you've pulled it off beautifully!

Double "D" said...

I a little more definition but just as
juicy. Each have a life of there own.
Same subject with 2 distinct results.
Nice job.

Edward B. Gordon said...

fantastic !!!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

The distinctness of the various areas appeals to me so much. And that tiny detail of the farthestmost hazy hill visible through the tree branches is the piece de resistance -- makes it all ring so true. The contrast of the cactus in the foreground with that distant hill... love it.

Jala Pfaff said...

Really great. As a rule, I tend not to like people's larger paintings that they did based on their small plein air ones. I'm happy to say that you are an exception.

Sara Winters said...

Wow! I love this painting! I love your work. I just found you through Julie Davis's blog, and I am so glad I did! Your work is inspiring.

Perry Brown said...

Hi Laurel, I just found your blog. You sure can paint trees! This work from composition to technique is very well executed!