Sunday, April 1, 2007

Green Trailer


'Green Trailer'.........oil on canvas panel.........7x9 inches
Embarked on another voyage to Verdant with painting companion Bill Moore last week and did this little plein air study of the Griffith Park Metro Region parking lot across from the equestrian center entrance. Bill opted for the red truck bed (see Bill's dandy painting on his previous post by clicking on his link) >>>>>>>>>>>>
What compelled me to paint this scene were the two unoccupied and slightly skewed trailers that looked somewhat out of place. The cool and overcast weather conditions accentuated the soothing and pale mint-green color of the foreground trailer.

18 comments:

kee said...

Great composition Jennifer. Tilted trailer is wonderful and simplified trees is always nice the way you do it.

W. K. Moore said...

This looks just great Jennifer! You have invited me to enter this scene and stretch my legs and eyes. The trailer, palms, distant mountains, sky.. all invites one to hang out and enjoy each element, slowly, and with warmth. Have a terrific trip to Chicago.. 9x12s on Saturday..

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Wonderful sense of space and distance. Delicate brushwork.
Beautiful!

René said...

AAAArgh just when i thought now i get it, you manege to show how
it's really done.

An other one to study, ... thanks

Don't ever doubt about the reason
why the temperatures are so nice
over there, ... it's because of
this kind of paintings, NOT the
other way around!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Kee!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Bill, glad you enjoyed the scenery!
As usual, your comments are always a treat.

Having a blast here in Chicago, however, I am looking forward to some California warmth.....it's chilly here!brrrrrrr

Jennifer McChristian said...

Mary, thanks for visiting!
I appreciate your comments!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you Rene.

Michael Pieczonka said...
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Michael Pieczonka said...

Jennifer... I like the way the swerving road leads the eye in to those wonky trailers. (having used to work in construction.. I believe they really were that crooked!!). Very nice comp as usual..and that little lead in curb on the right is a nice touch.

W. K. Moore said...

Just noticed your cloud work. I'm not going to believe you any more when you say you are cloud challenged... I'll just refer you to this painting. Cheers to you in Chicago... it's that kind of town..

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Michael!

It makes sense that someone who enjoys plein air(and is terrifically adept at it) would have previously worked in construction. You get to be outdoors and use your hands to create things.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks for visiting again Bill...

By the way.....aren't you supposed to be diligently painting away right now ;-)

Cooper Dragonette said...

Great space and composition. Road paintings are fun aren't they? Speaking of your paintings, I wished I had spent more time on the beach in Florida taking pictures of lifeguard stations. I was SO out of my element.

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Jennifer, I am not shure if this is the right place to add a slight critique. I find the composition very good and your sense of color and brushwork is outstanding. Something I am not so crazy about is that the orange underpainting color appears to much and especially in the depth where the mountain hits the trees. I hope you don´t mind me beeing so frank. Cheers...Stefan!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Cooper,

.....hope you had a wonderful time in Florida!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Stefan,

I appreciate your frankness and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Cheers!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I knew, when I came to this painting that I'd been here before.
Also, while appreciating all viewpoints it was the orange under painting that grabbed me. Perhaps it's because I often use it myself.
I also, LOVE the subtlety of the palms trees, and the understated but vibrant colors.
I'm going to link you so that I can find you again more easily and would be honored to appear in yours
http://marysheehanwinn.blogspot.com