Sunday, September 9, 2012

Smelter Mountain

Afternoon Light - 12x12"
pastel on black cardstock
The second of today's plein air paintings, done from the deck off the master bedroom.  The oak-scrub covered slopes of Smelter Mtn. always look fabulous in the late afternoon light, and they are beginning to get the slightest hint of fall color.

The dog park and a tiny sliver of the Animas River give it a bit of scale and context.

The first painting, done of a section of the La Plata river up the canyon of the same name, was a worthwhile effort, but didn't come together as I'd hoped.  I honestly don't mind it when that happens.  It was a complex scene, and with rapidly changing shadows across water, it would probably be a good studio painting.

I wasn't discouraged, but it did prompt me to set up the easel and paint this piece, which I did in less than an hour.


  1. Less than an hour?
    Wow! Beautiful painting. Love the composition and the sense of scale. The colors are just wonderful!

    (Sorry I am so far behind on blog posts!)

  2. Hi Debbie - thanks. The earlier painting, which I spent about 2 1/2 hrs. on, was the "warm-up" for this piece, I'd say :D. The simple shapes and design, large blocks of color, and minimal detail make it pretty easy to do in about an hour (or less - it was actually really hot on the deck, so I had more motivation to work quickly!).

  3. Less than an hour? Impressive! You captured that afternoon light perfectly. Before I even read the title I knew what time of day it was. :)

  4. Thank you Ashok, for stopping by :).

    Hi Crystal - thanks much :D! I'm glad it reads clearly as what I intended.


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