In this painting, the darker ‘path’ is an s-shape leading to the cliff in the distance. This is a well- known device to lead the viewer’s eye to a focal point. Chromatic Lands I is a favorite painting due to its range of colors and its textures.
The aspens above Santa Fe are glorious during the fall and are part of my continuing series to
capture fall color. One of the most important points is for the viewer's eye to travel around the painting. Chromatic Lands II encourages the viewer to follow the foreground tree line up to the upper right clouds and then, follow down and around the painting.
Part of a series to capture the brilliant chroma of the fall in the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
We did not use an armature when designing this painting; we were concentrating on the curves of the hills and of course the use of chroma. One could find points in the picture plain that when joined would create lines and curves following the armature. We do note that the top ridge seems to go through or close to the "eyes"
First phase of the painting: flat color blocks, with brighter colors in the foreground. Then the colors were modified with lighter or grayer colors to show form. The overall intent was to show how light illuminates the southwest as if the sun is infusing the land with its light and power. The eternal question to ask: is the viewer’s eye drawn around the painting. Another question to ask is: is there a resting point? The sky is a good restful area to pause for a few moments.
The light illuminates the lands of the Southwest. As with Luminous Lands I, this painting began with flat color blocks, with brighter colors in the foreground. Then the colors were modified with lighter or grayer colors to show form. We attempted to stop the eye from falling off the lower right corner by placing a shadow there.
Dynamic Symmetry Grid with Added Rabatment lines.The Baroque diagonal crosses its lower right reciprocal at a good focal point, a point with higher contrast (intentional), between the darker (small) tree and the light edge of the main cliff. The line of the cliff leads down to this focal point. Note again that the pathway is almost parallel to a main diagonal.
The light illuminates the cliffs and land of the Southwest.
Dynamic Symmetry Grid with Added Rabatment lines.The intent was that the upper right cliff ‘polar’ point would be the focal point, the left part of the right line of cliffs. A main diagonal leads up to this cliff. The bushes along the hillside seem to lead up to this point also, as do the bushes at the bottom of the left-hand group of cliffs. Also, the top of the left-hand mountain ridge leads down to this focal point, especially as a curve was introduced that brings the eye down toward the focal point.
Light illuminates the lands of New Mexico..The original title of this painting was "On Golden Path" to emphasize how the golden path leads the eye around the painting. The trees were made intentionally dark to put the mountains into the distance, illustrating the effect of atmospheric perspective.
I think that my love of the woods comes through in this painting. This was up at the Big Tesuque Campground near the Santa Fe Ski slope. No, I no longer camp out, but it was tempting. And painting this brought back may childhood memories.
On the road to Los Alamos. The road is lined with canyons and cliffs, a beautiful welcome to Los Alamos. One can see fusion at work with the sun illuminating this turbulent landscape. Circumstances prevented me from painting this in the field, but I spent much time thinking about the proportion and the subject based on photographs I took of the cliffs going up to Los Alamos. You can read a detailed account of the development of this painting on the Radical Impressionist: A Mathematician Paints' blog at:
Painting in Los Alamos .
Capturing the shapes of the hills leading up to Los Alamos and the texture and the aged feeling of these ancient hills. These were visible to the World War II scientists on their way up to the Labs to work in secrecy to win the war and as Oppenheimer said, to stop future wars forever.
Natural geological formations result in patterns that attract the viewer. These striation patterns appear throughout the cliffs around Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch and the Chama River in northern New Mexico, forming a natural landmark on a par with the most spectacular of the world. .
Fond memories of many walks along rivers and creeks seeing the turbulence in the waters and listening to the sounds. I like the 's-shape', zig-zag of the river/waterfall to help draw the viewer's eye around the painting. The ripples of the water also keep the viewer's eye moving. The brightness of the waterfall makes it a natural focal point (area).
Larger studio work based on an award-winning "en plein air" painting, titled Santa Fe River Turbulence. Painted after the storms when the water was flowing. The river runs along Alameda Drive near Canyon Road. An understanding of turbulence is one of the great unsolved problems in Physics/Mathematics.
The growth of trees is so intriguing, which makes them natural candidates for painting. Capturing the feeling and sound of the wind as it moves through the trees is part of the joy of plein air painting.
As light rakes across the Gorge we can see the power of the sun; we witness the effects of fusion. As water flows through the depths of its canyons, we marvel at this moment in time as we witness the creation of and the ongoing beauty of the Gorge. The configuration of the gorge has inspired artists for generations. The composition possibilities are endless. The natural power evident in this gorge illustrates the magnificence of science in nature, from the fractal curves in the fissures to the explosive power that took place in its formation and continues to this day. Has the sun's fusion contributed to the gorge's power? One of a series of Taos Gorge paintings juxtaposed against the Taos Mountains.
Diablo Canyon is a few miles from my Santa Fe home, down the dirt road, Old Buckman Road. Visitors to the canyon may feel that they are back in the old west. It's the site for many movies. The path leads the viewer back into the depths of the canyon. One can feel the Rio Grande River off in the distance.