Monday, September 13, 2010

09.13.2010 — the panoramas

Over the course of the next few days I'll be posting some horizontally-aligned, traditional landscape paintings done in oil. Though I occasionally do some horizontal landscapes (and have even posted a few this summer), the horizontal composition remains fairly unusual for me. Rather, I've established a bit of a reputation for vertically- or squarely-formatted paintings.

So why the rash of horizontal landscapes?
Because I've received a commission, that's why. :)

Collector-friends have requested a large horizontally-formatted landscape to adorn a spacious wall of their beautiful dining room. The room is lovely and warm, decorated as it is with a Frank Lloyd Wright/Mission flair. My friends are seeking a peaceful scene, and are drawn to the warm colors they've seen in some of my other paintings. Beyond this, they are open to whatever I might come up with.

So I'm creating a selection of small landscapes that fit (more or less) these parameters. With any luck I'll hit upon something they really like, and will then do a much larger version to grace their dining room wall. It's a fun and exciting project that I've been working off and on for the past few weeks.

I'm pleased to be making strides with these little landscapes.
Here are a two panoramas that I completed earlier this summer and posted here already, but which happen to fall into the parameters mentioned above — namely, peaceful + warm colors. Fine as these paintings are, they don't quite fit the bill of what I have in mind for my friends. More sky, I think: they need more sky. Still, I'll include these in the portfolio that I'll be sharing with my friends.

baldy sunset (10 panorama, ii)
— 10 x 20 inches — oil on canvas
— copyright Dawn Chandler 2010

end of the day over the philmont range (10 panorama, v)
— 10 x 20 inches — oil on canvas
— copyright Dawn Chandler 2010

One more panorama that I posted earlier. While this one doesn't really fall under the parameters outlined above (too much bright blue probably for what they are looking for), it's one of my favorites. I think it captures well the expansive feeling of the landscape, the warmth of the day, and the building clouds.

midday on the range (10 panorama, iv)
— 8 x 16 inches — oil on canvas
— copyright Dawn Chandler 2010

Tomorrow, some new panoramas!


Douglas said...

It's nice to get you horizontal from time to time.

Dawn Chandler said...

Isn't it though? And you didn't even have to pull the ol' "Hanta Virus" line! ;)