Colorado Atmosphere – acrylic

“One eye sees, the other feels,” by Paul Klee

Sometimes when I paint it is both and it’s then that the painting session gives me that endorphin rush that artists seek when they are creating.   It’s like you get this extraordinary sense of being able to feel your work ~

Colorado Atmosphere an acrylic (10″ x 7.5″) painting was done on a gesso prepared hardboard, using mainly Liquitex and Atelier brands.  It’s been a while since I’ve used hardboard as a surface and it worked out beautifully for this painting, giving some nice textures.  When I saw this scene the clouds spoke to me and I knew it was time to go after another landscape with a bit of atmosphere – not threatening, but rather a windy summer day.

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72 Responses to Colorado Atmosphere – acrylic

  1. Very nice! Really like how you handled the foreground shadow/light! Rita

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Rita, this was a favorite of mine. Many, many layers of acrylics for the sky – was a lot of fun developing it. Thanks for noticing the foreground.

  2. Beautiful colour and skilled technique – what I love most about it is the feeling it gives me: hope and optimism. The clouds are thick in the sky, but they’re not menacing, and that would be a bit tricky to pull off, I bet?

    • Mary says:

      Hi Ruth, so good to hear from you. Thanks very much – it was a fantastic sky to work out. I really enjoyed the challenge and with lots of layers, the level of drama I was looking for came together. I appreciate your positive feedback – glad that it brought about only good feelings for you.

  3. IceBreathe says:

    Right on target.

  4. Wow you are so talented! Beautiful works!

  5. that quote is wonderful, and it made me smile! yes, painting on paper vs a ‘hard’ surface is different; i like that i can push the acrylic pigments around on a hard surface, and if the temperature isn’t too warm, the drying process is slow enough to get good results – yet as it dries, there’s another ‘effect’ that requires both eyes to produce! yesterday i was painting two tornadoes (for a climate-adaptation project) and feared that my focus on the energy might actually spawn a tornado somewhere in the world! your colorado atmosphere is much more calming than that tornado was — and now that i’m online, i’m researching ‘images for tornadoes’ and they’re all spooky. Mine was too tame!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Lisa for your kind words. Ah tornadoes can be a great subject to capture – there is no question you’ll whip up all kinds of drama with your version!

  6. Resa says:

    Le gasp! This beauty leaves me a bit breathless. I’m from the prairies) 😀

  7. Brilliant! That sky is so wonderfully done.

  8. Amy says:

    Beautiful composition!I really love this painting, Mary.<3 🙂

  9. kimstrande says:

    Beautiful!☺ I can feel the warm summer breeze watching it ☺

  10. I really hope everyone takes the time to click on your artwork. Enlarged it’s stunning. Always wish I had the talent to depict natural beauty with paint and brushes.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Evelyne for your lovely comment and enthusiastic response, I really appreciate it. This was a scene that I loved painting. Thanks again, your compliment was beautiful and welcomed.

  11. dorannrule says:

    I can feel a sweet breeze sweeping across that meadow! Lovely.

  12. restlessjo says:

    The colours and the softness are so beautiful, Mary 🙂 🙂 Hope you’re having a good weekend.

  13. I love this image and it shows perfectly the marriage of technical prowess and the intangible. I can feel though the work your connection to it. Happy painting my friend. Janet 🙂 x

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Janet for your thoughts on this painting and the nice compliment. It was a scene that I could identify with and felt close to the elements. Hope your hot weather has broken and perhaps a little cooler with some rain maybe? Our temps will finally break the 100 degree range tomorrow and will be in the low 90’s for the remainder of the week through the middle of next week. Can’t wait for the cold front to cool us down. Take care and hope you are having a wonderful week.

      • Good morning Mary from a much cooler London. I had to smile when you said about breaking through the 100 degree range. We have never experienced 100 degrees here in the UK. For us the high eighties and low nineties are a real heatwave causing health issues etc. we are just not used to it. However, I think we are always going to have to get used to it because I believe the extremes in weather are here to stay! I hope you enjoy your cooler temps and of course painting. Janet 🙂

  14. cmartzloff says:

    I love how I feel like I am right there in the meadow. That really stands out for me in this painting. There’s this amazing contrast going on that feels very alive to me. Beautiful! Great to see some of your work again!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Catherine for your response to this painting – I really enjoyed reading your comments. I’m happy to be painting again ~ took a while to get the inspiration/motivation and hopefully it’s stays a long while.

  15. Ah, what a perfect way to launch the weekend: Cloud gazing. Thank you, Mary. Your fast-grooving clouds are perfection.

    And I love the Klee quote!

    • Mary says:

      I’ve missed you Theadora, what a wonderful surprise. Thank you so much for your touching comment – love it! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and looking forward to reading your latest post. Thank you my friend, a big Texas hug back at you!!

  16. Kurian says:

    Beautiful one Mary

  17. artbyisabel says:

    I must say that I love the light captured on the grasses and those clouds, wow! I definitely see movement in the grasses on the left and tapering off on the ones on the right. The clouds also show the signs of some wind and possible rain on the way. You have captured the moment, very well.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Isabel, thank you for your read on this painting – I really enjoyed your thoughts and feedback, it means a lot. Much appreciated!

  18. Gallivanta says:

    The clouds are wonderful, Mary. Your perspective on the clouds takes me back to the wonder I felt as a child when lying on my back looking up at them.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Gallivanta – glad you enjoyed the clouds, they were fun to develop in this piece. Happy that the painting brought back wonderful childhood memories.

  19. Paul Beech says:

    Wonderful, Mary. Could be 1820, a blustery summer’s day in Dedham Vale, John Constable holding the brush…

    Take care,


  20. Nice painting, I really like your clouds, and how you captured the light on the tall grasses.

  21. nutsfortreasure says:

    Pretty scene and wonderful movement in your sky you are a rock star!

  22. Susan Feniak says:

    Wonderful to see another of your beautiful pieces of art Mary.

  23. Wow! If you didn’t say it was a painting, I would have thought it was a photograph, Mary. It’s stunning!

  24. Sandy says:

    Wonderful! I zoomed in twice :o) Feel like I’m right there with you.

  25. Very nice! I haven’t seen your posts for some time but then I seem to be far behind in visiting. Hope all is well with you!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much for visiting Coastal – I really appreciate it and for your lovely comment! All is well and lets hope the hurricane season is kind down in your neck of the woods this year ~

  26. neihtn2012 says:

    Mary, I love this painting! It’s another wonder of art that you have created!

  27. Novus Lectio says:

    Oh that’s so real! I love it Mary

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