Monday, March 12, 2012

Two more Road trip series, and a local painting - 6x6 oils

A trio of paintings from the past 2 days....

Above Black Mesa - #9
6x6 inches, oil on 1/4" wood panel
© 2012, S.Johnson
Yesterday's painting, which has a composition that is unconventional, but I was nonetheless drawn to it.  There's no foreground or real focal point - just three basic shapes of different colors and values.  It has an abstract feel to it, which is probably why I like it.

Clouds Over Organ Rock - #8
6x6 inches, oil on 1/4" wood panel
© 2012, S.Johnson
This painting was actually started (and mostly finished) before the large pastel posted a couple of days ago.  However, there were some minor things that bugged me about it, so I did a couple of touch-ups to it when I pulled out my oils again 2 days ago.

Dark Skies Behind Horse Gulch
6x6" oil on 1/4' panel
And this was a quickie I did on Friday afternoon.  Horse Gulch is the amazing trail system a few blocks east of where we live, and the north-facing mesa still had a lot of snow.  This is the view outside my upstairs window, and when I saw the dark, brooding sky behind it in the afternoon sun, I knew I needed to paint it.  I debated about whether to add the rooftops of the houses, but I'm glad I did - they are a part of what defines this as "Durango".


  1. Sonya, you have been busy! These are all wonderful! I love the grandeur of your skies. So pretty!

  2. Thanks, Darla! I feel like I've finally come out from my winter "hibernation" mode, as it were, and am excited to painting every day. Plus, I am loving working with the oils again.


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