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Sierra Nevada Oil Painting Landscape – Heaven and Nature Sing – California Impressionist painting

November 19th, 2008

“Heaven and Nature Sing”
16 x 20 inches oil on canvas
SOLD

Although this one is sold, you can see more Sierra Nevada paintings here

This is one of my favorite new paintings inspired by our High Sierra trip, and it represents a view of the Sierras in the afternoon, not far from Crowley Lake. In the afternoon, when a storm is in the air, the clouds hover around the top of the mountain to be backlit by the sun. The effect is nothing short of spectacular and truly expresses a feeling of spiritual joy. With that in mind, as I was searching for a title for this, I remembered a line from the Christmas carol, “Joy to the World.” The refrain is “and heaven and nature sing …” Being there and seeing this magnificent mountain crowned with light, I truly felt that heaven and nature were singing. So there you have it.

The most challenging part of this painting, to my surprise, was not painting the clouds and the light – it was defining the many gullies and ridges, all in deep shadow, that decorate the eastern slope. The values are very close but there needs to be enough definition for the eye to read it as a sculptured geological form … but not SO much definition that it appears that the shapes are light-struck. So much in that area has to be suggested rather than spelled out, lest it lose some of the air of mystery. And *that* is a constant challenge.

This painting will be among the select group of new works that I’ll be taking to Descanso Gardens on Friday morning for our Encore year end show. So if you are in LA and want to see it in person, that’s where it will be. If you are out of town and wish to purchase it, please let me know and I will replace it in the show with another of my recent works.

16 Comments »

  1. That is just plain glorious…

    Comment by Cathy (Kate) Johnson — November 19, 2008 @ 5:35 pm
  2. Oh Karen,

    Wow, this is beautiful. I was up in the high country of Yosemite in mid-October, and it was just stunning. You captured it wonderfully.

    I also enjoyed the book, Obata’s Yosemite. He was a Japanese American who went up in the high country for 2 months in the late 1920′s. He painted all day every day, and came home with 100 paintings that blend West with East beautifully. Your work reminds me of him.

    Best,
    Kim
    http://kimsaxe.blogspot.com

    Comment by Kim Saxe — November 19, 2008 @ 5:50 pm
  3. Wow – this is one of your best (and that’s saying a whole lot!) Absolutely you have captured those special times in the high sierras (my ultimate favorite place in our beautiful state). You may have found the gullies to be challenging, but you met that challenge. . . in spades!! I honestly don’t see how this could be any better.

    Comment by Brenda — November 19, 2008 @ 6:31 pm
  4. oh WOW this is GORGEOUS!!

    Comment by Shari — November 19, 2008 @ 6:43 pm
  5. My goodness, this is beautiful and sooooo realistic!

    Comment by Leona — November 19, 2008 @ 6:46 pm
  6. There are the mountains and sky and space
    I love that you do so well.
    annie

    Comment by annie — November 20, 2008 @ 12:24 am
  7. I really really like this one – beautiful! You’ve got the balance just right.

    Comment by Jackie — November 20, 2008 @ 3:36 am
  8. Hi Karen,

    Wow this one really caught my eye as it came across my reader.
    You are an inspiration to me. Beautiful

    Comment by toni — November 20, 2008 @ 4:34 am
  9. Beautiful Paintings

    Hello,Its very very nice and wonderfull.
    your work is so fantastic
    I enjoyed your paintings!

    Comment by K.Idaka — November 20, 2008 @ 7:49 am
  10. OMG this is beautiful! Perfect title too.

    Comment by Karen Hargett — November 20, 2008 @ 9:28 am
  11. That is GORGEOUS! So, so beautiful.

    Comment by carole — November 20, 2008 @ 10:42 am
  12. Wow, Karen, this is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the story behind this beautiful painting and the challenges you faced. You are an inspiration!

    Comment by Jan — November 20, 2008 @ 10:52 am
  13. Karen, that’s the perfect title for this painting. It really does sing! Beautiful!

    Comment by Lynn — November 20, 2008 @ 2:38 pm
  14. Oh, this is beautiful!!! I can just see the angels…

    Comment by Leslie — November 25, 2008 @ 9:35 pm
  15. Somehow I missed this earlier! It’s gorgeous Karen….
    See you tonight.

    Comment by Marian Fortunati — December 6, 2008 @ 1:27 pm
  16. love the clouds on this one. and the blend with the mountains. really amazing. brillaint.

    Comment by chris hack — January 14, 2009 @ 4:25 am

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