Monday, April 23, 2012
Storm Over the Tesuque Hills
Storm Over the Tesuque Hills, N.M.
6x8in oil on canvas panel 100.
This was a quick study of an approaching storm viewed from
my friend's studio window. Her windows must be 12 feet high
and they provide a dramatic vista on stormy skies and sunrises.
It was the sky I wanted to capture, but the clouds were moving rather fast
so I squinted to get the overall colors and values of the sky and hills,
and I was mixing the different shades as I compared. Once I had the colors
I painted a dark sky going cooler as it moved back and put in the shape of
the hills...and I waited.
As soon as the sun broke through I quickly painted the light pattern
on top of what I had already put down.
I even had time to catch where the sun fell on part of the
back hills. The foreground I did after waiting for
This is the method I use for capturing fleeting lighting conditions.
Having the colors premixed makes speed possible,.
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.