Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Plein Air Oil Painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Park Avenue -Arches NP", plein air oil painting, 8 x 10"

I am finally back in the saddle again from our trip to Utah through to Santa Fe, NM. And what a trip it was! The scenery was absolutely amazing -I only wished I was on a painting trip with a bit of sight seeing, instead of the other way around :) We headed out on Tuesday March 29th (had to wait a couple of days to leave as my hubby was sick with a nasty cold) and drove our handy campervan down to Moab in southern Utah over a course of a couple of days. Our first stop was at Arches National Park, which has over 200 natural arches carved out of the red sandstone. I stopped to do this painting at "Park Avenue", which is a little hike through these towering cliffs of red sandstone. The low angle of the sun causes the red cliffs to really light up -a true delight to the artist's soul. I wish there was some way to convey the towering heights of the rock formations, but it seems impossible.

This is what the front of my house looked like when we left -that is our campervan in the drive, ready to go with a newly installed furnace (thank goodness!). I took this photo because I thought I would use it to compare when we got back -I had expected daffodils and green grass...

This is what we came home to find! Not a blade of green grass to be seen anywhere. I have never seen snow like this in Calgary in the middle of April. It continued to snow for several more days after we got back, and we began to despair of ever seeing spring. By now the snow is melting, and as long as it doesn't snow again, we should have green lawns by the end of the month. Here's hoping!

Stay tuned for more paintings and photos from our trip!

To purchase this, or commission your own painting, please email me.


Virginia Floyd said...

Beautiful painting, Sharon. Great sense of space and distance. The colors in those rocks are gorgeous!

Sharon said...

Thank you so much Virginia. I am so happy that you like the painting. The new landscape was very foreign to me so I wasn't sure how well I captured it.

Karen Bruson said...

Wow, I thought NH was bad for snowy weather.

Sharon said...

Yeah, well, now you know!!! The great white north, strong and free :)