Sunday, January 4, 2009


9" x 12" oil on linen
This is the last of the three evening paintings that I have worked on. The other two were posted on December 10th and 11th, but this one resisted being finished. I had to keep adjusting the values to see how to get the effect of the low fall evening light. It has been a process of gradually darkening and warming, adding layers of paint. Paintings seem to have their own personalities, even done in batches. My favorite isn't always the one done first or the easiest. And sometimes, there is one done that just is a throwaway. Or really, a paint over.

Learning to look at the values is a constant learning experience for me. Stan Moeller quotes
watercolorist Charles Reid , "Color gets all the credit, but values do all the work. ..."


  1. Painting is difficult, but you are mastering it. The contrast between the land and sky is nice in this painting.

  2. Hi Mary - I am really enjoying your blog. I love how you captured the colors of the light on the buildings in this picture.


  3. Mary this is a nice painting. Well done. Don't you love painting just before dark? I sure do, especially in the winter.