Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Plein Air Rockies 2011 -Day #4 Recap

 "Lumpies Gossips", 12 x 9", plein air oil

On day 4 I began by painting in a very different geological part of the park. Here the rocks look like they were deposited like wet lumps of mud, one slouching into the next. I am sure there is a proper name and description of this phenomena, but it escapes me :) The ridge is appropriately called Lumpy Ridge. I found this grouping right beside the parking lot for the 'Lumpy Hike' (which Dave took while I was painting), and decided that the three looked like figures, two in conversation while the one on the right turns her back dejectedly, unwanted in this gossip session. Come on, I know you have all been there!!

Here I am hard at work/play with my palette knife again. This waterfall is called Alluvial Fan, and it was caused by a breach in the dam at a lake above. The resulting flood actually resulted in many deaths as the water swept through the nearby campsite and through the town. 
"Memorial", 14 x 11", plein air oil
I thought that this was a suitable title for the falls. It is interesting how the cause of such devastation can result in such a beautiful waterfall for all to enjoy. The title is how I felt about it. It was the second painting that I entered to be judged in the competition. I felt the knife work combined with the brushwork, the transparent versus the opaque, thick versus thin, made for an interesting painting on many levels.


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