Monday, February 8, 2010

Rich Color Against Dull Color

"Chavez Ranch Shed" 5x7, oil - SOLD

You don't have to look to Sedona's red rocks for intense color. The other day, I came across this old shed. The weathered wood glowed orange. It was pretty spectacular against the much duller greens and pinks in the grass and trees. Also note the rich blues in the shadows. As a complement to the orange, they ratchet up the warmth of the shed.

This was painted over at Crescent Moon Ranch, just up the creek from Red Rock Crossing. It's all part of the same US Forest Service day use area, but you have to look for the shed. If it's your first time visiting, you'll be enchanted by the stupendous view of Cathedral Rock towering over Oak Creek. Sometimes it's good to turn away from the obvious beauty. You'll often find a secret treasure you can call your own.

3 comments:

David Westerfield said...

Nice shadows and great brushwork Michael. I painted there last spring but didn't notice the shed.

billspaintingmn said...

Good post Michael. Rich color against dull color is a must try..
Thanks!
(Nice painting!)

JRonson said...

Great one, nice colors !!