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March Challenge 2013 - Come one, come all!

Howdy everyone, join us for the March Challenge. All media and skill levels are welcome! Here's a handful of the many reference shots I've collected over the years. If there's a theme here, it's probably Big Skies and Wide Horizons...



Desert scene outside of Needles, CA




And a sunrise from the same early morning drive. Another cup of coffee please, it's going to be a long ride!




A gnarled and moody backlit pine, Angeles National Forest, CA




Up the road from the pine, some contrasty shapes and colors around pretty little Jackson Lake (in the mountains outside of Wrightwood, CA)




Another shot of this high mountain lake (well, as high as mountains get here. It ain't Colorado! )




Here's a pinecone from the shore.




Back to the desert now, my favorite vista of the Black Mountains in northern Arizona, and a summer storm for those of you in colder climes.




I hope these flowers are a Western species, they're growing in a local park. Well, the park is in a Western state, anyway...




Surprise! Somewhere there is a description for this forum as including CA plein aire. I would totally plein-aire this guy. (Heck, I could almost reach out and touch him the day I shot this.) California Brown Pelican, very common here on the coast. This one was in Morro Bay, CA.




More to theme perhaps, one of my favorite reference photos ever. Moonrise as seen from the trail between upper and lower Yosemite Falls. It was the source for one of the first watercolors I was ever happy with, so more than a few good memories around this pic.

Finally, let's close with one of the historic California missions, this one in Santa Barbara as seen from the rose garden. Another favorite of mine, though one I've yet to paint:


Again, all are welcome to participate, comments are encouraged too although we do ask that participants keep it gentle unless someone asks for more.

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Re: March Challenge 2013 - Come one, come all!

So many beautiful references! I hope I have the opportunity to join in this month. Thanks for sharing!!
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A feast for the eyes! Wow! Excellent selection for March, CK. Thank you for hosting. Love the pelican!
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Re: March Challenge 2013 - Come one, come all!

wow. I have one picked out. Hope I can get to it. Gotta finish up what I'm working on now.
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Great pics of scenery to pick from, will try to do one this month.
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Re: March Challenge 2013 - Come one, come all!

Oooo - I likey! Pretty sure that flower is some type of wild geranium - they grow everywhere in the Colorado Front Range. Are the Black Mountains up north of Kingman?
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Re: March Challenge 2013 - Come one, come all!

Lots of great subjects to paint. Thanks, CK.

I decided to pull the trigger on that wonderful sunrise.

10"x8" oil on canvas panel. I think it's time for me to put away the student grade oils and place me an order for some Blue Ridge Oil Colors. At least that's what my research has told me.

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A Pelly!!!! I loved watching pelicans fly next to us as we crossed over the Fred Hartman Bridge (tallest suspension bridge I've ever been on!) I'm definately gonna have to do this one!
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Todd, this is breathtaking! Such a wonderful feeling of light and the sky is fabulous! Such a grand way to kick off March! Well done!
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Thanks, everyone! Glad you all like them.

Todd, I'm amazed, almost thought that shot was too "meh" to include and here you made it sing. Bravo!! (And, if pro grade oil is anything like pro grade watercolor, please please move up!! And show us more!)

Linda thank you for IDing the flowers. CO Front Range, that sounds Western to me! The Black Mountains are west of Kingman; the shot is from Laughlin facing due east. Here's a closeup of my favorite section, from Highway 68 (and now facing north):



I wanted to include that one but didn't have time to scan it, and here I just found it on my computer. Yay! Bonus shot.

Donna, I ran across another pelican in San Clemente, that was hamming it up on a pier railing. He was at least as tame as this one, but clowning around for treats from the fishermen! A little girl told me he had a name and was quite a local favorite although I don't recall what they called him.

Can't wait to see what you all do with these. Most of them have been on my "must paint" list for a long time. By the way, can anyone explain why a diehard watercolorist like me is just itching to paint the summer storm in oils? Where'd that come from? I don't have any oil paint, but totally wish I did!
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Well count me in!

Todd.. nice sunrise.. Lovely color..
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Dang Todd!!! That sunset is amazing!!!
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Count me in. I see several that will work for my Painting A Days..
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Wow Beautiful landscapes.

Todd you are faster than a bullet! LOL Your piece is gorgeous. I love the colors.
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Todd that is just stunning. Wonderful warmth and the lining on the clouds is really excellent
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