philmont panorama, iv — midday on the range
— 8 x 16 inches — oil on canvas
— copyright Dawn Chandler 2010


This painting is an expanded view of the scene in the painting I posted yesterday of midday behind Philmont’s Cattle Headquarters:


philmont summer, vii — midday on the range
— 6 x 6 inches — oil on canvas
— copyright Dawn Chandler 2010


Overall I think the expanded version is a more successful painting. In the first one, I think I painted the far mesas a bit too dark, whereas in this version I lightened them up just a bit, giving the painting a little more atmospheric depth.

Also, I think I got the suggestion of the lay of the land in the foreground a bit better in this one.

And finally, I love the volume of the clouds here — especially that one that rises up like an anvil, as though chiseled.