Monday, August 3, 2009

Mountain Meadow Oil Painting Sketch from Southern Oregon Trip

"Mountain Meadow"
4 x 5 3/4" oil on gessoed watercolor paper

While on my recent trip to Southern Oregon I spent two days in the remote mountains where the temperatures were 20 degrees below the blazing 100's in the Rogue River Valley. This is the first of a series of sketches I painted as I watched the light change on this meadow. This first rendition I painted en plein air late in the afternoon. Can you feel the coolness of those shadows from the evergreen trees of fir and pine?

The gesso sealed the watercolor paper and I've varnished the dried oil painting. Now you can frame this gem without glass as you would with a stretched canvas.

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