Monday, March 3, 2008

Mar 3 - Elin Pendleton paints mules as a demonstration

Here's another painting I took over to Norco this morning for the Western Art Show next weekend. An odd size at 12 x 13.5 inches, I painted this one as a demonstration for the workshop last month, depicting morning light using the Color System (even though the source photo was a black and white, and taken later in the day) for the students.

What I really like about it is the color harmony of the yellows, dusty salmon colors and the blues and violets, creating a nice complimentary balance. The distant buildings are essential for that color balance, even though they are compromised with cool yellow to gray them down. Note the darker shadow shapes in the nearby areas, where distant shadows are not as much of a contrast. "As things get further away, the contrast of values lessens".

This one is hanging and framed in dark warm wood on the wall of my "space" in Nellie Weaver Hall in Norco. The premier buyers' night will be this Thursday. I have nine paintings over there, and I like every one of 'em... High hopes here, even in a downturned retail market!

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