Saturday, September 26, 2009

Morning Vapors - Enlargement


Morning Vapors, 18 x 18
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Here again, I worked from my small plein air study to paint a larger painting in the studio. Revisiting my field paintings takes me right back to the original moment in time - complete with sights and sounds. On this particular early and foggy morning, a very cute couple came speed walking past. When they saw what I was doing, they slowed down and asked if they could take a look. (Most people actually don't stop.) It was really satisfying to me when they agreed that the subject was worthy of painting. "And it's right here in front of our very eyes!" they said. As if, maybe, they were seeing it for the first time. I felt like I had done my job that day.

11 comments:

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Gorgeous. Love the limited palette and subtle colors. Very striking and moody.

Victor Errington said...

This is a brilliant painting Laurel, fantastic. I hope you were
covered up, and nice a warm. The painting gave me a shiver when I first looked at it. Brilliant.
All the best Laurel.
Vic.

rahina q.h. said...

such few colours, such dramatic effect Laurel and a great story to go with it:)

David Westerfield said...

I really like the edges and the light coming through the leaves.

Tracey Mardon said...

What a gift you gave them. It's just beautiful Laurel!

Stephen Parker said...

This is so peaceful. The subtle differences in the colors and values of the tree make me feel like I'm actually there. Really beautiful, Laurel.

Marian Fortunati said...

Oh my... this is stunning!!

I really do understand what they said, though... I think that we (artists) tend to see more beauty because we take the time to LOOK.

Beautiful job, Laurel!!

julie davis said...

I see several compositional things on in this one. You've woven all the pieces together so well.

julie davis said...

that would be "several compositional things going on..." It's late!!

Marla said...

I've really been enjoying this series, because we don't have that many clear, crisp days here in NC, and these have been great lessons to me about how to paint softly-lit and hazy scenes.

Karen's blog said...

You managed to achieve the looseness and spontaneity of a plein air piece in a much larger work. I find this difficult to do. Great work.