Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Third Day at the Gwen Fox Workshop

"At Peace"
10" x 12" Acrylic
This piece was actually inspired by a photo of grasses at the University of Vermont with the iconic Camel's Hump mountain in the background. However, it looks totally Southwest to me as I was so influenced by my surroundings in Taos. I like the way I can get some watercolor effects while having the flexibility of adding a different color over the original color. I first painted the mountain in magenta and then went over it with a mixture of magenta and blue, leaving some of the original layer showing through. I also added the greens and gold. The grasses were done with a palette knife, which was very fun and new to me.

Gwen suggested I extend a few grasses above the blue mountain, which I will do when I get at painting again.

5 comments:

Barbra Joan said...

Wow! Gorgeous color, Is there any medium your not good at? LOL !
I'm just back from my workshop with Joyce Hicks... 4 days of total bliss, staying at St.Pete Beach and art...
hugs, Barbra Joan

CrimsonLeaves said...

Love those ghostly field grasses; we have some just like it here and it never fails to catch my eyes. Those desert-y colors in the mountain are exquisite!

hmuxo said...

Painting the mountain in the background dark was such a good idea...brings everything out beautifully..I love the orange color you added !! And your previous painting "Taos in Living Color" is amazing!!! A beautiful abstract!

Jean Lurssen said...

I really like this piece. The colors are great. You have inspired me to go back to trying my acrylics again.

Candy said...

Mary, you must be having a blast! I love the colors you're using and, of course, I love the desert! You've done such a nice job with the acrylics, I feel like Jean and think you've inspired me to try my acrylics. I have some tubes of gorgeous colors just sitting around:)