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The Sheds at Northlake Village

December 7, 2011

The Sheds at Northlake Village, 8x10, Gouache

On the edge of a field next to where we’re parked, back among some trees, there are a couple of sheds.  One of them is barely discernible in a really overgrown area.  In the middle of the field, there is this old twisted tree, shaped by wind and probably a lightning strike sometime in its past.

What caught me here was, of course the shape of the tree, but also the juxtaposition of the bright green of the field with the gray of the winter trees.  I wanted so badly to get into the details of that twisted tree, but decided the scene called for a more uninhibited, loose approach, with a fairly limited palette.  This consisted of ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, burnt umber, yellow medium, and titanium white.  Kind of a fun little study.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2011 3:55 pm

    Lovely piece of work Ralph.

  2. December 7, 2011 4:50 pm

    Very nice, Ralph, love the expressive lines of the tree! I’m following your saga with interest, my parents did the same thing. They took off in a 13ft trailer and pickup……finally expanding to a 23 ft travel trailer with kingcab truck. They had 8 years of travelling south in the winter and north in the summer to be near us in Canada. They had mum’s painting stuff, and dad’s silver smithing and jewellery making equipment along…..a blissful existence on the whole. Once they gave up the trailer, they still travelled south every winter for a few months….Canadian snowbirds!

  3. Claire Carnell permalink
    December 7, 2011 4:56 pm

    Beautiful painting, Ralph. I also like the contrast of the green grasses and that wonderful blue/grey tree line.

  4. Gordon permalink
    December 7, 2011 7:55 pm

    Beautiful work, Ralph. I have been following your blog for a month or so and am really enjoying it. I am new to gouache and am always inspired by your work.

    • December 26, 2011 2:46 pm

      Boy, am I ever behind in my responses… Thanks, Gordon, for your comments on both posts. I really appreciate it.

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