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06.06.2012 ~ autumn on the edge of baldy

by | Jun 7, 2012 | aspens, autumn, Baldy Mountain, landscape painting, New Mexico, Philmont, Tooth of Time

autumn on the edge of baldy ~ by dawn chandler ~ oil and mixed media on panel ~ 12 x 24 inches ~ copyright dawn chandler 2012

Autumn on the edge….. Okay, so in early June perhaps no one is thinking of Autumn. But when I came across a photo of the Sangre de Cristos from the edge of Philmont’s Baldy Mountain, something pulled me in. 
This just may be my favorite of these new panoramic paintings. I’m not sure why….but something about it feels bolder than the others. Really, the composition is simpler — there’s really not a whole lot going on. But that sharp diagonal thrust from upper right to lower left adds dynamism. Break it down to it’s barest elements, and the simplicity of the composition becomes almost abstract. The palette, too, is minimal — yet contrasting, further energizing and emboldening the scene.

A few close ups:

Like the others, this one started with a rough under-painting followed by a layer of scribing (below). Look carefully under the gold paint (above, lower left) and you can just barely make out some of my writing.