Carlton, TX ranch views

Here’s a commission work I’m working through (work doesn’t sound right…”playing with”…better). It’s going to be a fun one for sure!  I asked my great aunt Helen, “What do you love about this ranch?”. Her single response “The view.  I love to look out my window and see the view.”.   I noted things about the view that gives the ranch it’s personality and headed off to do a quick color reference sketch.

Left side of the main view from the window
Right side view from window

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This is the 8×10″ study in the field (literally) to get accurate colors the photos can’t seem to catch. Detail’s were left out and can be reference from the pics.

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Here’s the first stage in going from the 8×10″ to a 24×36″ panorama. Next, I’ll sketch in the base colors to get the colors/values right.

Blocking in the background.


Done blocking in. Now to go back over it.

Added in the details over the base colors.

24″ x 36″ Acrylic on canvas panel

So, after about a month of painting, leaving it alone.. then painting again, it’s finished.  She loves it!

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Sedona Painting Progression

Step one: sketching in the darks

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Step 2: blocking in foreground colors

Next few steps: background colors

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Added sky and clouds so I can create spotlight effects around the canyon floor.

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I’ve been out of town and will continue on this week.

Added some depth to the foreground rock shadows and added a lot of color to the rock. I forgot the white, so I’ll lighten up the rock and add highlights later.

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Still trying to find that right color of the rock!

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