Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sunset, Columbia River, Oregon

                                   11 x 14                  Oil                   $275     
It's hard to paint an Oregon landscape without using green; we (on the western side) are surrounded by it. Even deciduous trees wear a mantle of moss through the winter. However, the Columbia Gorge has its own palette. The evening I took this photo was a case in point. It was a pink and purple world for a brief few seconds, but time enough to capture it for a painting. 
I applied oil thickly in this painting, making frequent use of a painting knife. I had read an art instructor's comment that thinly applied oil gives you a painted canvas, whereas thick oil throughout gives you a painting. It worked well on this painting, which also won an award.