Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bernal Gulnac Joyce Ranch September 20, 2012

Another beautiful day, weather perfect, and we were transported back to a by-gone era at his rural ranch in Santa Teresa.

Brad Santos
The morning started out like it was going to be the first paint-out of the Winter --- cold & grey --- instead of the last of the Summer --- but then Jenny got there and the sun came out so we had a grand day!    The hills had lost their golden glow but were still a dramatic backdrop for the old barns and farm equipment.     In the afternoon the angle of the sun was such that, from accessible areas from which to paint, both visible sides of the barns were equally in shadow which made discriminating between values somewhat difficult.   A bolder artist than I would have done something about that but I was content to paint what I saw.

Caroline Garbarino
I was fascinated by the barn. It's built split-level on a slope. Apparantly in by-gone days, land was not leveled as it is now. The colorful chaparal and hillside was inviting.

Anna Jacke
A beautifully restored barn at the Bernal Gulnac Joyce Ranch finally caught my attention after I toured the dusty grounds for more than a half hour for a  place to set up my easel.  The lighting was perfect on the barn, but my painting needed something else to give it some life -- a lone horse grazing on dry brush.

Dick Zunkel

The view from the front of the home would perhaps have made a better composition.  However, the terrain was better suited for photography than painting the house plein air.  The front porch with rocking chair reminded me of living with my aunt and uncle on an Iowa farm so many years ago.  I intentionally let the water soluble ink bleed into the paper to give the scene a look that is a little more rustic than the actual beautifully restored house.

Jenny Tero
 The best view of this wonderful old house would have out in the middle of the road on a step ladder, but in plein air painting you have to compromise!  In thinking about our upcoming session on grays I made a point of being more adventurous with the gray shadows - that explains the slightly blotchy look.

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