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09.26.2012 ~ cathedral rock ~ taking it all in

by | Sep 26, 2012 | Cathedral Rock, new mexico landscapes, oil painting, Philmont, summer

cathedral rock ~ taking it all in ~ oil on canvas ~ 18 x 24 inches ~ by dawn chandler ~ copyright dawn chandler 2012

My second painting of Cathedral Rock for the book project mentioned in the previous post. This one based on a photo by my 80s Phil staff colleague, Gina Dobratz-Rezner. I wanted to do at least one painting with a vantage from higher up in the meadow, and Gina’s pic fit the bill perfectly. (She also has some glorious photos with lots of sunflowers in the foreground…May need to try to capture one of those next…). I like that this one clearly includes the road; there’s something inviting about it.

When comparing this painting with the previous one, it’s interesting to note the difference in the color overall and especially of the Rock. The colors in the first painting are much, much cooler, with the greys leaning toward blue (hence my comment that it almost feels more like the Pacific Northwest), whereas here the colors are all much warmer, with the greys leaning toward red or pink. Neither is wrong; color is relative, so the exact color of that rock — and the whole scene — will change throughout the day depending on the weather and light.