Thursday, February 6, 2014

First Blush - New Daily Oil Painting

First Blush
Mark Nesmith
Oil on canvas on panel
8" x 10"
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This past year I started cycling. There are lots of lightly traveled roads near my brothers' house in Hamshire. One of my favorite routes starts on Hwy 124 then turns and loops around a couple of back roads  near Elgin. I love riding this way because of the gorgeous scenery, particularly this little stream the road passed over.

It's framed by tall grasses with a beautiful tree line in the distance, and the water is always blanketed with lily pads. Of course this time of year there aren't any blooms, but the pads themselves offer an array of hues from lush greens to cool bluish tints to the reds and browns of the lilies that are past their prime. 

On this early morning ride the sun flooded the whole scene with golden yellows and soft oranges. The play of the warm sky and its' reflection in the water against the cool green and blue banks of grass was irresistible. I had to stop and get off my bike to take lots of reference photos with my phone. This is my first attempt at capturing the magical light of that golden hour. I'm pretty happy with this little painting, and already itching to flesh it out on a bigger canvas.

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