Friday, April 10, 2009

Finished "View of Rancho del Sol Dorado"

This is the finished painting that I started one morning of my painting workshop. You might remember that I posted a photo of the setup in a post called on the spot. I made a few adjustments to some values and added a dab or two of paint here and there when the lines were just in an awkward placement. Other than that I pretty much left things alone. I really like the look of this painting.



"View of Rancho del Sol Dorado", 18" x 24" oil on linen, Frank Gardner © 2009
Private Collection



The set up, Frank Gardner © 2009


There are some photos of me working on this one in this blog post by Marian Fortunati. She was nice enough to post quite a bit about my workshop on her blog.

15 comments:

Pam Holnback said...

Thanks for posting the paintings w/ different steps. For me, it's been great to see how you change what you see to make it work. My mind keeps telling me to "paint what you see"; but sometimes my eyes are telling me that just isn't working.

Dean H. said...

As always I admire your purposeful strokes that pull the viewer in to blend with his eyes. You cause the viewer to participate...doesn't get much better than that!

Dan Corey said...

Beautiful painting Frank, I could probably isolate any 6x8 of this and have a lovely piece, the color harmony of the forground near center is especialy great.

Melinda said...

Thank you for sharing your process, Frank. This is an exquisite painting. There is a kind of restful sophistication in it as well as a strong element of atmosphere. A major wow factor!

Måns Sjöberg said...

I love the way you paint the skies in different layers. It makes them part of the scene and not just a plain sheet behind it. And thanks for sharing your process in such a generous way!

Joanne said...

Those trees really pop against the background and sky in this painting... the atmosphere looks so warm/hot - very inviting when Spring has still not arrived in the North! :-)

Paz said...

I like the look of your painting, too, and Marian's photos. Looks like everyone had a fun and productive time at your workshop.

Paz

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Love this painting, you can really see the distance. Sounds like you had a wonderful workshop, I've been reading Marian's blog and I wish I'd been there. I'm sure I would have learned a lot.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

I like it - it has the feel of an arid place, but you make it look good.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks everybody for your comments on this one!

Solvay said...

Wow - it's SO moody/evocative. I love the way it pulls me close to breathe in a denser grasp of its atmosphere.
!!!

(Happy Easter, by the way - am remembering your Good Friday posts from last year.........what an intense place to be for Holy Week and Easter - Mexico!!!)

Solveg

Don Gray said...

Your arbitrary choice of colors for the sky in this painting intrigues me. It simply shouldn't work, but it does--spectacularly!

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Solveg. Yes, Easter week is pretty marvelous around here.

Hi Don, I have a hard time believing that sky color works too. It does not show up real well in the photo.
It was very hard for me to resist the temptation to modify my choice.

Paula Villanova said...

This is fantastic. I think this is my favorite landscape of yours.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Paula!