Over the course of the next few days I’ll be posting some horizontally-aligned, traditional landscape paintings done in oil. Though I occasionally do some horizontal landscapes (and have even posted a few this summer), the horizontal composition remains fairly unusual for me. Rather, I’ve established a bit of a reputation for vertically- or squarely-formatted paintings.
So why the rash of horizontal landscapes? Because I’ve received a commission, that’s why. 🙂
Collector-friends have requested a large horizontally-formatted landscape to adorn a spacious wall of their beautiful dining room. The room is lovely and warm, decorated as it is with a Frank Lloyd Wright/Mission flair. My friends are seeking a peaceful scene, and are drawn to the warm colors they’ve seen in some of my other paintings. Beyond this, they are open to whatever I might come up with.
So I’m creating a selection of small landscapes that fit (more or less) these parameters. With any luck I’ll hit upon something they really like, and will then do a much larger version to grace their dining room wall. It’s a fun and exciting project that I’ve been working off and on for the past few weeks.
I’m pleased to be making strides with these little landscapes. Here are a two panoramas that I completed earlier this summer and posted here already, but which happen to fall into the parameters mentioned above — namely, peaceful + warm colors. Fine as these paintings are, they don’t quite fit the bill of what I have in mind for my friends. More sky, I think: they need more sky. Still, I’ll include these in the portfolio that I’ll be sharing with my friends.
baldy sunset (10 panorama, ii)
— 10 x 20 inches — oil on canvas
— copyright Dawn Chandler 2010
One more panorama that I posted earlier. While this one doesn’t really fall under the parameters outlined above (too much bright blue probably for what they are looking for), it’s one of my favorites. I think it captures well the expansive feeling of the landscape, the warmth of the day, and the building clouds.
Tomorrow, some new panoramas!