Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Road On The Edge Of Town, Santa Inez, California

My husband and I just took our trip with our son to return him to SJSU.  I have grown to love the drive and the central California landscape.  It is in many places a reflective view of life before modernization.  There is a quietness that is peaceful to the mind and spirit.  These drives make me dream about living in a quiet environment, one of daily contemplation.  My creative side has room to breath and stress is lifted.  I would love a big barn to paint in and maybe teach painting.  So often I am overwhelmed with the comings and goings of life in the O.C.  It is a dreamy thought.
This Painting was done on a new product, at least for me, called Pastelmat.  It has a suede feel to it and is a fabulous surface to apply pastel.  I worked directly on the surface with pastel and did not start with an under painting like I have been doing as of late.  I still used a nupastel (hard stick deep purple) to establish my value pattern by massing in areas with darks and lights before going to color.  Kinda like an under painting, but faster.  
This painting was done thinking of my boy who has once again left the nest.  I pray for a wonderful year of learning, enlightenment and adventure.  
"A Road On The Edge On Town", 16x20 unframed, pastel on Pastelmat
Chemers Gallery
17300 Seventeenth Street, Suite G, Tustin, CA 92780


Anonymous said...

Dori, you captured this region so well...especially the warm dry summer. I so feel you on the day dreaming of a simpler life....maybe we could have adjoining parcels of land...and share the art barn? Looking forward to painting with you tonite at Chemers.

claire christinel said...

Beautiful scene Dori. Great colour combination of blues and oranges. So inviting!

Helen Read said...

This turned out really well! I love the "painterly" effect!

Kim VanDerHoek said...

I absolutely love this Dori! The composition with the poles leading me down the path, all the wonderful color all combine to create a real sense of place.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Peaceful and beautiful, love it.