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Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Source




"Stoneface"
watercolor 18 x 24 inches

So . . . .tired of rocks?  Take a look at this . . . .a solid granite wall with mature oaks and ponderosa pines growing out of the cracks.  This wall could be one 1000 feet (300 meters) high . . or more.  The model is from the neighborhood of where my rocks lie . . . .Yosemite National Park in California.   The rocks seen in the previous posts fall from cliff faces like this . . .and sometimes from enormous heights.

The abstract patterns of line and shape in these cliff faces make a painter ponder them for hours on end . . . . . . .and usually go home in frustration when attempting to paint them.

8 comments:

Hank said...

Mike,

As you know, I just love rock shapes!

Bold, strong painting...

IrinaSztukowski said...

Hi Mike,
Your rocks just rock! The texture is amazingly realistic.
thank you,
Irina

BrandNewStudio said...

Fascinating work.
It has been delightful
to visit your gallery.
Good Creations

Anonymous said...

Mike, the only thing that bothers me is that veridian green vertical shape lower right, my eye goes there but there's no light around it, maybe it's the repro but I'm captivated by this otherwise, that shape isn't repeated, and the greens top left don't seem enough to balance it.

Mike said...

Yep, Anon . . .you are right! It doesn't look appropriate at all! Repro is part of the problem, but not all. That shape is supposed to be a crevice and shadow . . .and should read with a lot of Ultramarine. Will play with it so see if I can revise the painting and the repro. Obviously, the value is too dark, too. Thanks for the headsup.

Aubrey Studebaker said...

This work is absolutely AMAZING! Love the coloring of the rocks and how the brushstrokes are so directional. Really strikes a chord.

Mike said...

Irina and Aubrey . . . . .Thanks very much for your wonderful comments.

MG said...

This is my favourite of the series. Lovely texture.