Monday, June 11, 2007

Red Shack


'Red Shack'.......oil on canvas panel.......7x9 inches
Visited the Sunset Ranch stables with my sister Sophie one sunny morning and painted this little, antiquated red shack perched on a gently slopping hill overlooking horse corrals and an incredible view of Los Angeles. The ranch, nestled within a little canyon at the top of Beachwood drive, offers sunset horse rides through Griffith Park and has been extensively used for shoot locations for films and photography (including a scene from David Lynch’s, ‘Mullholland Drive’). A large, weathered 1920’s style barn that still retains it’s charm and character accommodates rental and privately owned horses.
Free roaming peacocks, chickens and a friendly golden retriever casually meandered throughout the grounds. An exotic looking spotted rooster sporting a cockscomb that resembled a punked-out hair piece made random and unsettling crowing sounds (like that of a cat being tortured) that repeatedly disturbed my calm as I painted within this serene equestrian oasis. Sunset Ranch is infused with a sense of nostalgia and a timeless quality of the old west. Painting amid it’s charming relics and natural beauty was extremely enjoyable and invigorating.
Yippe-ki-yay, mother f**ker!




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22 comments:

rob ijbema said...

another glowing beauty!!
great contrasts,ocre against purple,red against green.
love the loose suggested details

Mike said...

Ms. Jennifer . . .You have left an indelible impression on me! Every single painting you put in this blog is imprinted in my eyelids! No kidding. The atmosphere you achieve with such looseness and the feel of SoCal is really special. Keep it up, Girl!

Mike
(PS Thanks for stopping in on my blog)

W. K. Moore said...

Hi Jennifer.. this picture reminds me of the heat that's yet to visit us this Summer. Beautifully done as usual... nice when paintings are usually excellent.. instead of hit and miss. But this speaks of years of doing the drill day after day adding skills... and the ability to create captivating scenes. Hope I get to join you soon on the PA trail.

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Nice story with so much atmosphere just like your painting. It is interesting that you had composed the shack to the side with that diagonal leading down from it. Very good and surprising solution. Like Rob said the suggested details are wonderful.

Robin Weiss said...

Really interesting shapes in the trees and shrubs with their cool shadows. Very nicely composed Jen.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love your work. You really get the different shapes in the landscape and keep them loosely brushed in. Great choices in colors. Fabulous neutrals setting off the red. Masterful!

Cooper Dragonette said...

Yay! Jennifer's got a new painting online! A great one--well, each one is great and I really look forward to seeing them every time.

ANDREW JUDD said...

What a great study of warm and cool complimentary colors!
The cool purple/blue shadows setting off the warm sunshine hitting the ground and the splash of red against the compliment greens.

Nicely ballanced and freshly painted! All of this on a 7x9 canvas panel creating a beautiful impression of the moment.
Can't wait for the next one.

Cheers... Andrew

Michael Ornauer said...

Hi Jennifer, it's always a pleasure for me to see your paintings! Above all your color order teaches me a lot - thank you! Michael

Michael Pieczonka said...

Jennifer.. lovely work on the red building and the effect of sunlight on the sandy hill thingy is outstanding... love the bold blues in the shadows there.

Mike

C. Ousley said...

Sweet! Another treat for the gang.

Wayne Gaudon said...

Beauty .. love the downward movement and color.

Wayne

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Jennifer,

Love this one -

Danny Griego said...

What a fun story. Nice painting also! Beautiful colors and brushwork, a lot of charm in this one.

ancker said...

i am very interested in your painting of the house at sunset ranch. would you be willing to sell that painting? this would be a gift for the caretaker of the ranch, nacho who lives in that house. please let me know. 323-469-6320

Cooper Dragonette said...

Alright Jennifer, that's enough vacationing for awhile now don't you think. We are all waiting with bated- breath for something new (perhaps something Wellfleet, hmmm?) Can't wait to see your latest!

rob ijbema said...

same here,
missing your work!

Mike said...

Hey Jen!

Where are you? Are you painting?

Mike said...

Hey Jen . . .I just came back from your website and myspace site . . .it seems you are having a show! No wonder you haven't been around. Good on ya, kiddo! Hope your show is a smashing success!

Mike

René said...

Hope your show is a smashing success!

????????? :-O

If its not, its time to emigrate!!

Miss your work also, ... :-(

Robin Neudorfer said...

Jennifer - I just saw your work at the PHM. Wonderful show! Congratulations for a well deserved exhibit.

Bill Sharp said...

Jennifer, I enjoy the lively commentary and you work is really gorgeous.