Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tree in the Canyon 18x12 pastel on wallis SOLD

This is my favorite tree to paint. Late afternoon light is challenging because it is so luminous and fleeting. This was done from a photo which is good in someways (light stays still) and disappointing in other ways (the camera just does not pick up the beautiful color of late afternoon). I am taking a photoshop class where I hope I might be able to put some of the things that makes me want to paint a subject like this...back in the photo.
Still stumbling around with my pastels. Just trying to find that old comfort level and confidence to be a little more sure of what I am doing. I think I need to paint all the time. Not happy with values and color in the shadows. Needs the rich late afternoon contrasts. So, I just keep painting

10 comments:

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Gary and I both think this is stunning, Dori! You continue to amaze...great work!!

gianlucio said...

Thanks for your visit Dewberry, this beautiful painting!!!
Ciao!!!

Marian Fortunati said...

How great... I keep thinking I should take a Photoshop class... Are you taking it from a local college or??????

Bye the way.... That painting is really nice, Dori!

Nancy and the fatties said...

The warm lights on the trunk are just beautiful.

Sheila said...

Wow Dori.... When I enlarge the image I am amazed with the beauty of the strokes of color coming together and culminating in such a rich painting. Beautiful!

Loriann Signori said...

Dori, If this is stumbling, please let me stumble with you. Gorgeous!!!!!!

Kim VanDerhoek said...

WHAT?! You're not happy with the values and shadows in this?! Are your glasses on? This is stunning! And the light is amazing! I love how all of your vertical strokes echo the vertical power of the tree trunk and grasses. Really beautiful!

Blair said...

I like this piece Dori, it warms the heart. It's great that you have a favorite tree; they're like old friends aren't they?

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

You inspire me to go out and paint trees. Great job.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Dori, where have you been? I just now discovered your gorgeous paintings and couldn't be more thrilled. I know exactly what time of day it is in this painting. Beautiful. (Photoshop is a modern day miracle.)