Friday, January 14, 2011

Hilltop Chapel

Hilltop Chapel, L. Daniel, 6 x 8, SOLD


Oh, the morning light on this little chapel... so gorgeous!!! This little painting is one of several studies done in preparation for a larger piece I painted this week. Sometimes it helps me to paint something from several views just to get the subject in my heart and head. 


Side note: I have a big show coming up in April at the Davis Gallery here in Austin, so I am in full painting mode and will be for awhile!!! For now, I will just post the studies and save the larger pieces to show until later. 


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16 comments:

Denise Rose said...

Oh wow, I have a "thing" for churches (along with my "thing" for barns)! This is fantastic and I love the light on the church.

Marian Fortunati said...

This is really wonderful, Laurel... A great study and an interesting thought... about painting several views of the same thing before getting a "feel" for it.

Enjoying your terrific "studies" while waiting to see those that you deem good enough for the show.

Libby Fife said...

Wow! That is really spectacular.

Kathy Cousart said...

Laurel,
This is beautiful. Your compositions are outstanding. I just love the way you painted the light on the chapel and the steeple is almost in silouette against the sky. Look forward to the big pieces to see what you choose from the little studies.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Just found your blog and think your work is incredible!!

Chris De Dier said...

I like the strong composition. You mention the morning light, but for me it's really the composition that defines this painting. The scenery is reduced to just serve as a tool and becomes a minor, unimportant detail to how the shapes and values create contrast while competing for dominance with each other. Well balanced tension like this makes a great painting. I love it, Laurel!

Casey Klahn said...

Very evocative - it reminds me of a rural church around here.

Congratulations on your upcoming show!

David Westerfield said...

Great subject Laurel--and you know I like the Swedish connection! I look forward to seeing a studio version.

coral may said...

i like the composition a lot, with the church to the side, it really adds to the lovely mood

Ruth Andre said...

The church and the road make for a wonderful combination of elements. The painting has one moving through the space. Lovely-lovely!

Aubrey Studebaker said...

Very calm- very subtle.

SamArtDog said...

I like how the little chapel keeps you on the road.

Good luck with the show! Lucky for us we get to see all the studies.

Jala Pfaff said...

Lovely, Laurel. Great color/tone, and love the composition.

rosaspicks said...

Hi Laurel,
I adore this painting! I just wanted to let you know that I chose it as my favorite daily painting on my blog rosaspicks.wordpress.com. I hope you’ll come by and check it out.
Thanks, Rosa

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

I agree with so many others. It was initially the composition that really caught my eye I and drew me in. The subtle colors are especially nice and the strong value contrasts dynamic. And the road leads you on. What's that song. The road goes on forever and the party never ends!!! Good luck with your show. Can't wait to see it!

Marilyn said...

I agree, your subdued palette is very striking. Looking forward to your show in April!