Monday, October 12, 2009

Jefferson Memorial

Jefferson Memorial – 8" x 16" (20.3 x 40.6 cm) – Oil Canvas Panel

Here is the oil painting of the Jefferson Memorial, it was all painted in plein air over three sessions between 10am and 1pm. The quality of light as it struck the marble structure and how the shadows were cast was really important to me, I wanted to capture the golden pink tones of the sunlight sides and the cool purple and greens of the shadows.

I am finding that painting buildings with oil paint is a much more challenging endeavor than working in watercolor. It all has to do with the finessing of edges, not getting to many hard edges except where it is important and also getting the perspective correct. I also wonder if working on a larger canvas would help, to have more room for the more fiddly details. Here is last year’s painting of a nearby view.

Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary and I am taking off the day to spend with my love. This morning I made a banana nut loaf to have something special over breakfast.

Thanks for reading today :)


Jean Victory said...

Well done...especially like the pink tones you've captured where the sun hits the structure.

Celeste Bergin said...

you did a great job of capturing the warm bright light against the hard surface..! Beautifully done

eLIZabeth Floyd said...


Thanks for stopping by and sharing with me :)

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Thanks Celeste, I appreciate your encouragement :)