Sunday, February 15, 2009

Along the Yellow Breeches

11"x14" oil/board

Woke up this morning and saw the moon shining brightly. Good sign, should have some sun today. Looked outside and saw a fresh coating of snow. This could be a sweet day! Drove over to Messiah College campus and set up along the creek. This is my favorite light of the year. Here on the east coast we typically have some sort of haze but cold clear winter mornings while looking away from the sun often yield incredible color scenarios. Again my interest was only showing the mass of the pine trees and suggest the several well lit buildings while maintaining warm and cool integrity. I painted very rapidly and was happy to have kept the warm and cools seperate. I wasn't sure what I had as I never stepped back for a look. Upon taking down the umbrella and angling the easel I was delightfully surprised. Parts of the work looked a bit confusing around the buildings but I feel it rings believable, and I will do no more. I feel this one is getting close to what my goal is. Simply identifying everything as dabs or smears of accurately toned, and temperature gauged paint.


Loriann Signori said...

It's a beauty Brian! Nice warms and cools and you really achieved the feeling of that one particular day. I love the warm, mauve buildings contrasted to the blues and neutralized greens. Nice!

brian eppley said...

Thanks Loriann. As I get closer to my goal I fear the work will be unrecognizable. In landscape painting my stuff seems to be more and more abstract while the still lifes are more clear. I guess there's alot I have to learn about myself. Thank you for the compliment and paying attention to the colors. It's so hard to gauge ones own work!

Bill Sharp said...

Nice one Brian. Have you ever visited Steven Goodman's blog? You might like what he's doing.

brian eppley said...

Hey Bill.
Good to hear from you.I just checked Steven's blog and find his work very exciting. I like his interest in light and there is emotion coming through. Thanks for the compliment.
Hope all is well, and I'm liking those new sketches you've posted.