Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sedona Sun

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Oil on 5x7 hardboard.

Here is my submission for this month's A Day Not Wasted painting challenge. The proprietor is Lee Brown and he uses a high dynamic range (HDR) photography process to capture the colors. His photos are great to paint from!
This is from Red Rock Park in Sedona, Az. Beautiful rock formations! You should really zip over there and enter...you have all of April! :)

This painting is in direct contrast to my previous post (Apr.10) of the Smokey Mts.
The Smokey Mts. was painted from very little detail information in the reference photo.
Whereas Sedona has an overwhelming amount! Had to be selective on what to include.

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33 comments:

  1. Gorgeous capturing of the sunlight, Dean. Love that little cave in the high mountain wall too. I wonder what is in there...?

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  2. Wow great piece Dean. The feel of sunlight is painted masterfully.

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  3. Hi, Autumn...That sounds like it could be another challenge: "Paint what you believe is in there!" Lol :)

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  4. Thanks for the wonderful comment, Barbara!

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  5. Hi Dean,
    Il n'est jamais aisé de peindre un ensemble aussi important de roches...
    Le challenge est réussi en ce qui vous concerne. Le relief et à la fois la profondeur sont réunis. La lumière qui éclaire votre peinture lui apporte une certaine mystification. J'aime beaucoup... Tout comme en Egypte on ressent une âme...

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  6. Lesley Spanos4/14/10, 4:27 PM

    Nice! And you get extra credit for being the first student to hand in his paper. ;)

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  7. Just when I was researching how to paint rocks, there you are - painting them. And so well.
    Lovely work!

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  8. AWESOME! What else I can say...:)

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  9. Incredible colours and the light is amazing Dean. Another great work!

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  10. Lovely lighting!

    Jason
    fellow artist

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  11. Dean, just beautiful...I remember that...been there...now have to accept the challenge.

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  12. Very beautiful, especially the capture of the light. I am always intrigued in how artists render light.

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  13. Wow! Extraordinary work, Dean. Your selected just enough detail...the light is incredible. wow again.

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  14. Another, Wow!, from me as well, Dean. Fantastic job and the colors are beautiful.

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  15. Hi, Martine...Thanks! Catching light is always a challenge.

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  16. Hi, Lesley...Great to see ya around again! :)

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  17. Ingrid...I've never been a rock painter. What you see here is a secret technique called "faking it"!

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  18. Thank you, Liz. Usually I complete a small painting in one shot. After a good start, I let this one percolate overnight. I truly think that helped.

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  19. Thank you, Jason! I really loved your wildlife blog!

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  20. Great, Cathyann! I'll look forward to your answer to this challenge! I know it will be great!

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  21. Thanks, Lokelani! I too like to seek out how artists render light!...And shadows. :)

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  22. Thanks for such inspiring words, Liz! Much appreciated!

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  23. Thank you, Edward...I really value your opinion!

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  24. Oh my - what a beautiful painting -love the light - the textures. I thoroughly love your paintings Dean - so talented.

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  25. Outstanding! Majestic, bold, great light...this one has it all. Beautifully painted, Dean!

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  26. I am not a fan of a lot of detail in a painting--just personal preference--HOWEVER this, though considerably detailed, is 100% gorgeous! Imagine, this is painted on a 5x7! The grandeur of ir makes it seem like a huge painting-! Great work!

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  27. Thank you for helping to start my day, Karen! :)

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  28. Hi, Gwen...Thank you very much!

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  29. I also enjoy a painting more when much is left to interpretation...less detail...loose application.
    But something about the subject and extremely clear photo led me in this direction. I enjoyed it!

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  30. Amazing rusty landscape , ouch rocky , difficult to walk here. Yes , the painting transports you to this hill.

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  31. You can really feel the light Dean, excellent job!

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  32. very nice! I have been to Sedona a few times, what a beautiful place.

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