Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Pennsylvania Landscape

As I was nearing the end of painting this tonight I started hearing Kenny Rogers singing "...You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away..." ... Not a good sign considering I know I should have walked away sooner. I waited until about 6 PM tonight to start this after a busy last several weeks. I thought I should at least go ahead and face the challenge and if I missed the deadline, oh well. It was those silos that were putting me off... I kept getting tired of seeing them and then I wasn't sure what the focal point should be. So I decided just to paint it for the experience of trying to capture the patterns receding into the distance. I think I learned a good bit and it got me thinking about things I'll need to know when I paint landscapes with a distant horizon. It will take lots of practice -- sure is harder than I thought it would be! Oh well, it was painted in a rush -- that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. 12 x 12 x 1, oil on gallery wrap canvas

24 comments:

Barb Hillier said...

I think this painting is really exciting and the colors spectacular! You've got a good feeling of depth with the fading distance and the bright rich foreground colors. Love it!

dominique eichi said...

You're so funny ! hey it's done .
I think it has a great feel, I love those field's in the front.

Bruce Docker said...

I didn't think you wrer going to paint this one. Great color and amazing depth.

L.Holm said...

Still has your gorgeous colors and style--rushed or not! Love your commentary, too! You are a riot.

Gwen Bell said...

Love it, especially that bright, light green in the foreground with those bold vertical strokes and the pink buildings. It has a wonderfully Impressionistic "Camille" feel. So glad you went for it! Can't say the same for myself although I plan to go ahead and do it anyway for the same reasons you sited.

dominique eichi said...

Camille , how wonderful it's in and that distance feel is fabulous. :-D

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

I credit you, Dominique! Thanks for the nudge yesterday -- better an hour late and a dollar short than nothing at all, I always say!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

No excuses necessary Camille, is really nice. The colors are perfect, and so Camille, and I get a real sense of the hills receding...
And you are right, it was hard!

Carol Horzempa said...

Camille - I felt the same way about those silos...I'm glad you stuck it out and made the deadline. Your interpretation turned out great and I love the panoramic view of your colorful farm fields!

adebanji said...

Just love the abstract feeling of this piece!

Donna Crosby said...

I like the atmosphere that you have in the background and of course I love the forground colors.

Edward Burton said...

Very beautiful, Camille - love the colors and the way it recedes.

Vern Schwarz said...

Don't planted fields often look like a patchwork quilt? That's what this reminds me of with the bright colours and different patterns. Very nice Camille, I'm glad you chose to try this.

Jeanne Bauer said...

Camille
I haven't been able to participate lately but I wanted to stop by and tell you I LOVE this piece; I LOVE the NY city piece; I LOVE Addie; AND I LOVE and collect Patrone Bottles..
Keep up the wonderful work, my friend.jb

Caio Fernandes said...

what a beautiful landscape ! i loved the way you used the colors (again) .and thank you for droping by my blog , it is very kind .

James Parker said...

You did a real nice piece for this DSFDF challenge. I missed out on this one, getting moved from Costa Rica into your backyard...Wimberly/Dripping Springs.

Dewberry Fine Art said...

I love this. It really show atmosphere and distance. Your color is beautiful and the abstract quality of the composition is fantastic.

DJ said...

Just found your blog, and I'm glad I did!
Lovely work!!! Keep up the beautiful painting...
I'll be back,
DJ

jennifer woodburn said...

Wow - nicely done Camille! This one really draws you in. You have captured a great rhythm in the foreground.

Gary Keimig said...

Youe certainly caught the depth and with good color. I'd say you caught the challenge.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I like the patterns and the colors. Sometimes my fear of failing, prevents me from going for it.
Hey, all we can do is try, right? And that's it.

Loli Martinez said...

I arrived a little late .
Beautiful landscape and colors .
I think you've enjoyed .Congratulations .
A kiss .

gianlucio said...

Hello Camille, I went to greet. Congratulations on the wonderful work.

Robert said...

Thank you Camille for your comment on my Blog... I love this landscape of yours - so bold and with great feeling. To be honnest, re your comment, I find painting figures/people most difficult of all... so I try and avoid i... and regards hands - well, a major headache for me. Feet - forget them! Your 'people' portraits are good - jus wish I could be that confident. You probably know the feeling I get - what I see is one thing, but when applying the paint something seems to happen between the eye, brain and hand; it is almost as if my hands are doin their own thing and ignoring what signals they get from my brain - very frustrating indeed.