View Full Version : Ruins at Castlewood Canyon 2 11x14 oil on canvas board

01-16-2005, 03:57 PM
I guess this isn't really a wip, I forgot to take pictures LOL!! I was so taken with Jim's (woodguy) painting of the ruins that I had to try my version. I did take a picture of the ref photo and the almost finished painting. It's just that it went so fast, alla prima about 2 and a half hours today. I starting with a full color block in using really thin paint, the way Jim does, then I started piling on the thick stuff, scraping back and remixing to get the colors...


Ruins at Castlewood Canyon 2 11x14 oil on canvas board



01-16-2005, 08:28 PM
Hi Mark - I like your choice of palette here. The snow should probably look deeper if you want to stay true to the photo - maybe a little less blue.
It makes you wonder what creature is living under the house with all the lights on. :evil:lol

01-16-2005, 11:42 PM
Very well done, Mark! Isn't Rocky Mtn light amazing? It was a very cold day, but the warm light was captivating. Jm

01-17-2005, 03:24 AM
Mark, I have been back to look at this a few times because, as I have thought about it, something is bothering me. You and I have talked about believability...camera vs brush. I think that this might be a situation where that comes into play. Through the "basement door and window" the warm light streams in, but in the window above(probably the living room :rolleyes: ) what we see is very cool. I know the day, I also have similar pictures as yours, and what you have painted is true. But trying to be an objective observer of this I wonder why the "the people under the house left all the lights on," in other words I would expect the same warm light to come in through the living room window. I know that we are looking into a backdrop of a dense wooded area that does not receive much light, and your photo shows that, but in a painting does that make sense? I am not questioning the quality of your painting, but rather opening the discussion on how to deal with these kinds of anomalies. I hope that others will chime in. Jim

01-17-2005, 10:31 AM
Thank you Shirley! I think the blue is more subdued in real life. and now, about this _ that lives under the house LOL!

Thanks for spending some time on this Jim. That upper window bothered me before I even started the painting, but I sure needed something to break up the wall (so to speak). One solution would be to paint in a break in the wall, like this photo (this is the other side of the ruin)

The problem, as I see it, is then that would almost certainly take center stage..... but besides that, the other real problem is there's no point of reference for size or anything, AND I couldn't figure out a way to explain (in paint) what was going on. Here's another reference photo of the otherside of the wall of the painting...

You can see that the light is coming in the low basement window and through the little entryway of the cellar door.

So I warmed up the sky in the upper window and painted the doorway as though the entry was not covered.

It's kinda disconcerting to me now, but a good excersize in thinking through what it is I wanted to convey in the first place and composition and color.


01-18-2005, 01:40 AM
Anamoly and all, I like the first one better! It had more contast and punch, despite the cold light blowing in through the living room window. It also occurs to me that the interior wall is very warm (on my monitor). Maybe after this has dried try glazing over that wall with a bit of violet...and go back to the cellar door and add back the TRO and ? that was there to begin with. But also I should say, based on experience, that this probably looks TOTALLY different IRL. So, after the next batch has brewed, let's do a IRL show and tell :clap: Jim

01-18-2005, 07:43 AM
Thanks Jim! Yes the camera and the computer try to average out the colors. I also think I need to go back to the original doorway, and maybe put a sliver of light to show it as an exit..... or something LOL!!

It's supposed to be nice this weekend, maybe we should go plein airing?