Friday, October 25, 2013

"Autumn Poplar Trees" ©


Earlier this week I had a few days to explore Pine Mountain Club near Frazier Park, California.  The Cottonwood and Poplar trees are just ablaze with golden light, contrasted against the deep blue distant mountain ridge the word "glory" came to mind.  

Oil on canvas, 14" X 18"

Last weekend while I was exhibiting and selling paintings at the Craftsman Expo in Pasadena, my painting "Canyon Trail" won Best of Show at the Santa Clarita Artists Association, 2013 Art Classic XXIV.  Here are the judges comments:

*​​​​​​The Best of Show was awarded to the one painting that simply took our breaths away. It is a stunning landscape that excelled in all criteria. The color was impeccable, beautifully muted tones with lots of atmospheric perspective that led us round every bend, over the hills to the mountains beyond. The brush work was evident and it energized the painting. It felt as if the artist loved his/her subject and it showed.*
​ *Landscape breathes of the local back country's light, shapes and textures. There was a slight haze in the air as the light rose or sank in that canyon. Composition, foreground, mid-ground and background, shapes, colors, tones, textures all blended into one true experience of the power of nature. Not a Wagnerian nature of huge mountains and fluffy white clouds but the nature we visit to renew our spirits and come back from with our perceptions elevated.

4 comments:

Docent said...

CONGRATULATIONS LAURA!

What wonderful comments made by eminent knowledgeable Judges! There is nothing quite like that kind of recognition of your talent & years of study. You must being flying high!

Joy

Marian Fortunati said...

WOW, Laura, I would have been flying high for months!! WELL DESERVED CONGRATULATIONS!!

Thanks for taking the gang up to see your beautiful fall color. It was a fabulous day!!!

Laura Wambsgans said...

Thank you so much for the kind comments! It's always a treat and surprising to read what judges think.

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