Tuesday, September 23, 2008

" Early Morning Adams Gulch "
Oil
8"x10"
The location for this little painting is one of my favorite local places to hike, which I did last Friday with a good friend. It was painted on a very smooth gessoed masonite panel which I toned a yellow ochre ahead of time. The slick surface keeps my brushstrokes loose and lets lots of the toned board show through, adding little touches of the feeling of light.

6 comments:

christine mercer-vernon said...

great painting jennifer, the colors and brushstrokes in that tree are wonderfully expressive. i don't think i've really seen a lot of your landscapes. great colors and values throughout.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Christine. Plein air painting is like a mini vacation from the studio work I do. I should do more and do plan on going out this week or next. There is this very tall single cottonwood tree that I would love to capture its "biggness" on a small canvas. It should be dressed in brilliant gold about now.

Sylvia Jenstad said...

What a beautiful inviting paitning... so cool... and also Siver Creek ... love your water...great colours

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Sylvia. I am very happy with how the large willow bush came out, nice and loose. I can get too tight, too easily. Used my little wipe out tool for the suggestion of a fence. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

This has such a nice, peaceful feeling to it. Interesting that you liked the slick surface of the board. And, thanks for painting a 'gultch' - it's one of my favorite words, but I'd never seen one, coming from New England!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Kelly. A narrow ravine is the dictionary meaning of "gulch", ususally with a stream running through. That describes Adams Gulch to a T. Where I paint it widens out. Much of the landscape here in the mountains of Idaho is very close up. Not always easy to get a longer view. What do you Easterners call a narrow ravine?