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Monday, January 12, 2015

Lonesome Highway

Lonesome Highway, 18x36, oil
This is my Day 12 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. Many of you may recognize this scene as I painted a very similar painting a number of years ago that has since sold. The Denver Stock Show is in progress right now which inspired me to paint another version of this typically American West scene.

As I had just started the challenge I wondered how fast I could paint this large canvas and gave myself a week. I painted the majority of it in two half days, while also working on the smaller paintings for this challenge as well as a couple of other larger pieces I had going in the studio. Faster is not necessarily better, as we all know, but my goal right now is to paint more expressively. Painting in a shorter time frame allows some of that to show through as well as to train myself to let go of my "need" to make things tidy. My block-ins are usually very expressive and free. I realize this painting still reads rather tight in this image, but the landscape is loosely rendered, and for me the car is not as tight as I am wont to do. Baby steps!


Pattie Wall said...

I so miss Colorado, moved away 8 years ago - long story, but I get to relive some of my favorite scenery through your great art of Colorado places and scenes. Thanks!

Tam Foree said...

Very wel done!!! Love everything about it. subject matter, colors technique!! Yea!!!

victoriasart said...

Thanks for the encouraging comments Pattie and Tam. Pattie, I think about moving away from Colorado but then wonder if that is truly a good idea. There is so much I love about living here but I feel ready for a change.

Lauren Kuhn said...

This is so beautiful. I love how you kept the intensity of the colors in check so they all 'got along' with one another. Really good control and very impressive overall!