Thursday, June 14, 2007

Ying Yang Grove

24 X 30 oil on canvas. for a larger image click on picture.

This will be the last studio work for a while as I am packing to head for Jackson Hole, Wyoming tommorrow morning to attend Scott Christensen's 10 day painting workshop. I am retooling again for another plein air adventure. It seem to be an ongoing process to find the ideal setup for outdoor work. I put together a setup that is light and fits into a backpack.

I haven't had time to let this one settle in to go over with the final value and color adjustments, but it is close enough to post.

This is yet another scene from the White mountains of California. The sky does some uniuqe things at 11,000 ft of elevation. You get a sense of being immersed in the sky. The sky is also a purer blue than I have ever seen before. The title of this piece is in reference to more than the obvious dead and live tree. The bristlecone are the Grandfathers of conservation. They survive the harsh elements an sparse rainfall by allowing the windward side of the tree to die off and keep the needles alive on the protected side. The found fallen trees next to living trees that were 7,000 years old and still intact. It makes me wonder how old the dead standing tree is in thin scene?


Mike said...

The repetitions in the clouds grabbed me immediately, Les. You really get the feeling of place here.


Robin Weiss said...

Less this painting has an electrifying feeling to it as if something dramatic is about to happen.
Nice job capturing the moment!

Ed Terpening said...

Wonderful work, great movement. Co-incidentally, I'm on my way to a workshop too, with Ovanes Berberian in Idaho. I'll be blogging daily from the trip.

Stefan Nuetzel said...

The perspective and the dramatic clouds are very impressive. I am quite curious what you´ll write about that workshop.