Friday, August 20, 2010

08.20.2010 — miranda meadow

— miranda meadow — philmont summer, xi
— 6 x 6 inches — oil on panel — from the daily painting series
— copyright Dawn Chandler 2010

Back to landscape for a bit.
After a couple of frustrating outcomes with my little 6 x 6 paintings, to my surprise I quite suddenly created one that I love — this one of Baldy from Miranda Meadow. This is a view I return to frequently in my landscape paintings, for the meadow at Miranda is without question one of the most lovely in Northern New Mexico. Indeed, just about anyone who has ever been to this spot shares my reverence for this place.

But back to painting.
I began this painting as I begin all of my landscapes: by rather sloppily slapping down some paint (usually dark colors at first) with a large brush. My aim at this stage is to get in the basic forms and structure of the composition, with the intention of moving in later with smaller brushes and more color to etch out some details.
But with this piece, after just a few bold strokes of my large brush, I had the essential form of the landscape down and — WOW! — there it was! The landscape was complete! I suddenly realized that no further detail was needed, for it's all here.

I love that.

Hmmm....'Wonder if I could achieve this on a much larger scale....? May have to give it a shot.


Jim Thomas said...

Go for it!

Dawn Chandler said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Jim! :)

Steve said...

Dawn, you've really captured the feeling of the place. I remember meadow crashing near that shadow in the foreground, waking up to dark skies and thousands of stars, with the Milky Way weaving its path overhead.

Dawn Chandler said...

Thank you, Steve! I'm pleased that you think this painting captures the feeling....I think it's the contrast of the shadows and the light that does it. For when I think of Miranda, I think of the contrast between the cool lushness of the shadows and the heat of that meadow.

Funny how I've attempted to paint this scene any number of times (and will surely continue to do so), each time laboring a bit over the painting. Yet here in this painting, I captured it in moments, without even really trying.

There's a lesson in there somewhere... :)

Shawn said...

I would love to see this big! And panted with big brushstrokes!

Dawn Chandler said...

Thanks, Shawn! Stay tuned....! :)