Breakfast at Bradford Place B&B, Sonora, CA

Well, the day started out sweet, with Dottie’s special “Peaches & Cream” French toast. Nice. It was good I ate a nice big breakfast, because I slept much of the day! It rained all morning, so I stayed in, read a book in bed and napped. I love naps 🙂

It did clear up later in the day, and I was able to get a bit of the sunset. It rained partly through, so finished later.  I’m not sure about the pond.  It was there, but I think it may detract to much from the sky, the center of interest… That pond may disappear soon.  What do you think?

Mountain Springs Sunset, Sonora, CA

Mountain Springs Sunset – Oil on Linen – 11×14

3 thoughts on “Gold Country Plein-Air: Day 3

  1. You may be right about the pond. Perhaps de-instensify the blues in it and decrease the contrast between blue and that lighter, pinkish color. Or, if you do take in your backhoe and fill it in, you still might leave a little glimpse of it to add interest to the mid- and foreground.

  2. Michael, you’re right, the pond just isn’t working. After a night of sleep, I see two glaring problems: 1) it’s to oval…doesn’t look naturual (now, it is an artificial pond on a golf course, but that’s no excuse); 2) the colors/intensity and values I’m using are fighting the sky.

    So, between paintings today, I’m going to fix this one. I do need to turn in my work to hang before 4pm, so it will be hectic. I’ll repost the new painting below the original later tonight.

    Thanks for your help!

  3. Hey Ed . . .

    I love the little snow piece . . .you can almost smell moist earth under it!

    As for your pond painting . . .is it possbile to make it bigger? Looking at your piece (and I should n’t be saying anything, really) but the foreground and sky are equal in size . . .neither dominates. By making the pond larger, the dark versus light ratio will be more appealling. And yes, I think Micael is right about the intensity. Just my two cents.

    Hope you are having a good time in this lousy weather!


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