Capturing the spirit of the Southwestern culture
Tom, that's BEAUTIFUL! I know right where that is, and you've captured it so well. Love your kids painted in the foreground, the red mission the back against the blue sky, and the water puddle reflections, too.
Double dang on a stick, Tom. This is a good painting. It's alive, vibrant and full of life and energy. Loved the composition and colors of High Desert Dandelions, but this one... I'm sock-less. In awe of the brush-stroke master.
Thanks r & Doug! This is a happy memory from last summer- me and the boys spent our days exploring our new "home". I hope to strike out on some new solar powered expeditions after school is out :>)
This is a really wonderful painting Tom! The landscape and your boys are connected to make a nice composition and I'm liking the economy of your strokes too!Did you start with a black ground or are those the sketch marks showing through?
Thanks Dana! The answer is "yes". :>) I started with a "dark plum" color and did a quick sketch into the wet paint with the butt of my paint brush. I usually just block the figures in and refine the shapes as I go- but since the background color was much darker, I did it this way. It does add another textural/depth element that I kinda' like.
HELLO! great painting Tom. Your bold strokes and colours make this vibrate. There 's some real energy here.
Hi, Tom - I don't know how you did it, but it's brilliant! Phenomenal, alive, gorgeous. (and will someone help douglas find his socks...) : )
Beautiful! I love the water. Your brush work + your selections of colors = beauty.
Tom! I love checking in on your blog!! Always a breath of fresh air!! Beautiful colors and love the brush strokes!! If you ever get back to Ohio, We should do some plein aire!!!
Thank you very much Vern, Liz & Akiko! I have pulled out this reference so many times- knowing that I wanted to paint it... this time- there was inspiration along with the motivation for whatever reason. It's really mysterious how the creative process works- dontcha' think?! Do you guys have your own personal "reservoir" of subject matter you know you will one day paint??? Sally!!! I would LOVE to do some Plein Aire painting with you! I will be moving back to Ohio sometime in the next year because of my "favorite mistake". It's kind of fun to think about the possibilities as a painter. If I continue this geographic themed trend, maybe I'll hit the Pacific Northwest next?! Maybe after the kids are in college :>)
Tom, this is great! I feel like I could learn a lot just looking at your brush strokes. I'd love to see progressive photos of your one of your paintings.
The very first of my fav blogs and I am welcomed home from my 6 day trip with a feast for my eyes and soul. I can see your love for your boys and your art culminating in this wonderful piece. hugs!
Thanks for the compliment and the suggestion Carrie! I will "document" my next painting with photos- although the last time I tried to do this, the subject matter was kind of complicated (for me)- the painting turned out sub-par, and I was too embarrassed to post the pictures :>)Sheila- You say all the right things! Hugs back to you :>)
BEAUTIFUL painting, Tom. Love the excellent brushwork and vibrant colors.
Beautiful work, Tom! Very exciting to look at!
geez, I have tried to leave a comment many times, but the computer keeps kicking me out of bloggerland...anyway...this is great. Just beautiful. Hope you are submitting for the statue challenge.
Love the looseness of this scene. I keep telling myself that that's how I'd like to paint but each time I try it just doesn't happen... Maybe if I visit often enough it (your technique) will seep through the internet plasma.... ;o)or... I could make my head touch the screen ala' Johnny Carson's The Great Carnack.Beautiful work, Tom.
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