Davis Ranch Vista | Pastel | 12x9
On my first day painting in Winters for their 10th Annual Winters Plein Air, I was happily finishing a painting of a barn when a lovely woman approached me. She liked my work and asked me to come visit her ranch a mile down the road when I was done. The whole ranch was love at first sight for me and I had multiple choices of gorgeousness to paint. We decided on the view of the Blue Ridge from the back of their lovely home. I spent two late afternoons of sheer delight there doing this commission, painting til I was 'chasing the light' while listening to the blackbirds at the pond just below me!
Painting Notes: Substrate- Wallis Warm Belgian Mist - a delight to make marks on! Pushing the furthest hills back and getting the progression down the slope with values and cool/warm was a challenge. Barbara Jaenicke's words kept repeating in my head: warmer/cooler, lighter/ darker, brighter/duller? I knew I wanted to have a really spectacular flower/grass foreground so on the night before doing this passage, I went online and watched a You Tube video by Karen Margulis on depicting grasses (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n-MNHNxm6y8). I practiced first, then went right into the passage and was pleased with the result.