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Rough Ground

Rough Ground 24x30" Oil on gallery wrap canvas ©2014 Lucinda Howe $1,400 www.lucindahowe.com

Rough Ground
Oil on gallery wrap canvas
©2014 Lucinda Howe

The landscape and artistic history of northern New Mexico are dominated by Pedernal, the mountain that was a favorite of Georgia O’Keeffe.  But walking the paths of Ghost Ranch, I find that the rugged landscape grabs my attention and pushes the mountain to the background.

This painting was painted over an old painting with some of the old painting allowed to show through.  That technique works well with the dusty strata of red rocks in the New Mexico landscape.

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Color Studies

Ghost Ranch Lane 5x7" Oil on canvas paper ©2013 Lucinda Howe

Ghost Ranch Lane
Oil on canvas paper
©2013 Lucinda Howe



This small painting is a study for a studio painting.  I’m testing color combinations and solving compositional problems before starting a larger piece.

This piece is available on Daily Paintworks.  Click here to buy now.


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Fauvism: Part 2

Georges Braque was another French artist who was influenced by Matisse and Derain.   He painted in the Fauvist style for a short period before evolving toward cubism.  See several examples of his work in this article:  http://www.artexpertswebsite.com/pages/artists/braque.php

In House Behind the Trees, the red and purple tree trunks and bright yellow roof are examples of the arbitrary color favored by the Fauves while the light and dark values allow the subject matter to be clearly recognizable.  Bits of red carry the eye around the composition.  Landscape at La Ciotat ventures even further into pure color. Complementary colors (opposites on the color wheel such as blue/orange or purple/yellow-green) are juxtaposed to create visual vibration.  In both of these pieces dark outlines add linear elements, and the composition is enhanced with pattern.  As with the other Fauves, simplified shapes suggest the landscape, but keep focus on brilliant color.

First Light, Acrylic, 14x11"

My paintings often include many of the Fauvist ideas.  Painting on location, I capture shapes that characterize the place, then look for complementary colors and exaggerate the contrast.  In this piece, from Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, the early morning light touched the tops of the cliffs and tips of the trees, while the canyon walls and red dirt road remained in deep shadows. So I enhanced the colors using the contrast of blue with orange and green with red.

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