Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Beach Grass--Original Landscape Oil Painting

This weekend was spent at the coast. It was a lovely four days and I discovered how easy it is to slip into vacation mode. I painted daily, but also walked the beach, rode my bike, and began reading a fat novel. Periodically a Bald Eagle purched on a pole behind the house and kept a check on the field mice. This morning a pair of deer pranced around with the scent of spring in their nostrils, running in circles, leaping, and chasing. While the sun was out, I snapped pictures of the winter dune grass and attempted to recreate the warmth of the sunshine and shadows that are part of the Pacific Coast landscape. This 8x10 inch oil painting is one of my paintings from the weekend. Soon the sunshine and warmth will turn the golden grass of winter into the green of spring. Greens are difficult to manage with my artist's palette, so I'm glad I captured the grass while it is still a manageable golden hue.
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6 comments:

Nancy and the fatties said...

Nancy, look at those beautiful warm shadows and the purple earth. The golds and purples work so well together. I think this is my new favorite of your works so far...
It sounds like you had an idyllic four days!

Mike said...

Beautiful

Mike said...

Beautiful

Michelle (artscapes) said...

You captured it beautifully!

Nancy Merkle said...

Thank you!

Maia said...

Wonderful use of complementaries.
I admired your technique on the large photo.
You have a very beautiful blog.