Full day of painting today, despite killer allergies. I completed these three studies, in order during the day. What do you think? Any good enough for the show Saturday?

This was a kind of “warm up”. I started with a full color wash. The sky started as a cool yellow (Hansa Yellow). I later added a Manganese Blue-White mix, but think in the end I may have cut some of the brightness out. Nothing like a lemon yellow sky to read as full sun (thanks, Camille :-.

There’s is so much green here, I wanted to do a quick study to figure out the basic landscape. To be honest, I’m tired of green already. There’s a nice rose garden at the B&B I’m at, so I think tomorrow it’s roses.

Mountain Springs, Sonora, CA

Mountain Springs 1 – Oil on Linen – 8×10

This second painting was done of a bridge on Algerine Road. I ran into both Mike Bagdonas and Suzanne D’Arcy along the way. I wasn’t immediately happy with this one, but it’s starting to grow on me. I had to work extremely fast. This was a tricky painting: I needed to keep the values accurate, and at the same time try and push color. The bridge structure was particularly tricky, not for the architecture, but more so for the complex warm/cool values, particularly in the shadow areas.

Algerine Bridge, Sonora, CA

Algerine Bridge – Oil on Linen – 11×14

This was painting was meant to be a quick study while I waited for the sunset. The sky was dramatic enough for me to spend some time on it. In the end, the cloud cover was too dense to make a good sunset, so I’m glad I did this one.

Mountain Springs, Sonora, CA

Mountain Springs Near Sunset – Oil on Linen – 8×10

Let me know what you think. Be honest. I have 4 more days of painting before show, so (if it doesn’t rain too much the next couple of days), I should have plenty of paintings to choose from.


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