Friday, August 21, 2009

Almost Los Alamos

Just a short post today. I found this painting hiding behind some other canvasses and did a little touch up on it. I'm not sure this is finished. That mid-ground red is pretty intense. I remember when I painted the sky, I was admiring a bit of pointillist work and some contemporary Impressionists I've been seeing in the Southwest. I probably won't continue in this manner...But, this painting expresses my feeling of driving the road up the hill to Los Alamos, New Mexico and how awestruck I was seeing the mesas and the valley below.

Almost Los Alamos, 30" x 30". Oil on canvas.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

You dazzle me and I immediately gravitated to the red, but you know me. I like the pointilist clouds, and I like the fact that people before us affect what we do. Wouldn't they be delighted. You're not copying or doing exactly the same thing -- or really anything like exactly the same thing, but you are echoing that idea, and I think that's delightful.

You took my breath away. Again!


kathrynlaw said...

Wow. I *really* like this. Yes, the red is very intense, but it's balanced by the bright yellow in the foreground and the fact that you've got the three primaries right there, top-center-bottom. I think it works. The pointillist approach has never been my cup of tea, but it's not overpowering here as it can sometimes be.

Karen said...

It's interesting because although that red is really intense and maybe flattens the space, I'm not sure I could picture the painting with it very toned down, because as it is, it plays with that intense yellow at the bottom.

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Melinda said...

Thank you, Barbara!! This is a strange experiment and I think it's due some changes.

I really appreciate your kind words!!

Melinda said...

Hi Kathryn,
Yes, I was playing with the dots of color, but I'm not really a pointillist.

Your thoughts are always thoughtful and so welcomed. Thank you!

Melinda said...

Hi Karen,
Ah, yes, this experiment really should stay somewhat intense--just they way New Mexico influences the viewer, right?!

Thank you!

Linny D. Vine said...

Yes, I love the RED!!! This one feels like excitement and the title is a melody in itself!

Melinda said...

Thank you, Linny. Melody? Nice. I like the idea of art suggesting music.

This is how I feel about NM. Thank you for stopping by!