November Grays

"November Grays"
6x8 oil on wood panel
© 2010 Carol Horzempa

Today was a great day to do a quick study of subtle grays on an overcast day. This was done at the nearby Kettle Moraine State Forest. I used a limited palette of Cadmium Yellow Light, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White. I tried to focus on color and just painting the masses.

Shawna was being a good guard dog chasing away a red fox while I painted. We also had a chance to do a bit of nature hiking. Shawna is a bird dog and while hiking she flushed this young bird out of the brush. I think it might be a baby pheasant. I hope it can survive the winter, it seems so young.

12 comments:

  1. Your palette conveys the ambiance beautifully -- and I love the story that goes with your early-winter day en plein air.

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  2. Carol, this limited palette is definitely working for you and you have captured the grays so beautifully.

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  3. Wonderful story and an even better painting Carol...I love that you have such a great guard dog while you paint!

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  4. Hi Carol, I think the limited palette, really works. Loved seeing your dog and the surrounding area. The composition is great, I just wandered right in and into the grays!

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  5. I love this little painting, the photo of the pheasant is great too. I hope you were able to get some painting in this week.

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  6. Hi Carol glad you stopped by my blog it led me to yours. You have some beautiful soft greys in this one, just a lovely colour palette.

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  7. You have certainly found beauty in November, both in your lovely painting and the photo of the immature pheasant (or whatever its cute self is!) I am so glad I found your blog, and I will be back to see what you're up to.

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  8. Wonderful landscape, Carol - I love the muted palette. Beautiful.

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  9. The grays really set this painting up nicely, Carol!!
    The bird in the photo is, in my opinion, a bobwhite quail. They don't grow nearly as large as a pheasant. So, this guy has a good chance to make it through the upcoming winter. :)

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  10. With such greys, there's no more need for any other colors at all! Nice one.

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