Sunday, December 20, 2009

Late Afternoon Light, James St. Hamilton


16x20 Oil/Canvas
I have mentioned several times that I love architechture and old buildings. Hamilton has lots of great architecture, some of it in a bad state of disrepair. This is a wonderful old church with blueish stone. I debated whether or not to put the people in, but I liked the contrast between the vastness of the buildings and the people waiting at a bus stop.
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14 comments:

splynch said...

Another lovely evocative painting! Your use of contrast and light is masterful. I love the glow through the church windows.

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Nice contrast of warm light and cool snow!Putting people has made the painting lively!

Janelle Goodwin said...

What a lovely painting, so warm and inviting. Almost like a scene from a movie. I'm also drawn to the church windows! Beautiful, Catherine!

Mary Anne Cary said...

Looks like people on their way to their Christmas service! Fits well with the season, has that real winter light, captured so nicely.
Thanks for taking the time to visit all my recent paintings and commenting, I appreciate all your input!
Hope you have a wonderful holiday, and a the coming new year will be a healthy and happy one, filled with many successful painting endeavors!
Look forward to continued communication!!
Peace...........

Gwen Bell said...

Wonderful atmosphere and that architecture is so beautiful! Love that texture showing through as well. Great job!

Kathleen Weber said...

Very nice! And congratulations on your new studio. It looks beautiful.

Montag said...

It gives me a funny feeling as if the people are oppressed by the vastness or some indefinable -almost vicious - antiquity of the architecture...

"vicious" in the sense that the past age was better than the present...
the people are outside the church, not in it, sort of implying a state of spiritual disrepair to go hand in hand with the architectural disrepair.

Marie Theron said...

This is an absolutely amazing painting. There is so much one can learn from you, Catherine. Thank you for your comments on my fairies' Christmas tree!

diddamsdigitalart said...

Oh yes, the people make this such a different painting, with stories to tell in addition to just the vast loneliness of the architecture and single tree standing there. The colors and lighting add to the mixture of feelings this evokes for me.

Jan Yates, SCA said...

Hi Catherine,

I found you through Laurel Daniels' blog so I thought I'd take a look at your work since you are so close to 'home'. Happy I did--your paintings are so lush and ..painterly!

Jan
janyates.com
http://janyatesnew.blogspot.com

Molly said...

I love your paintings

marry me.

Dana Johnson Plein air Artist said...

i am so glad i stumbled onto your blog when i was visiting marie theron's blog...your work is amazing, and so much like what i am striving for...i have learned very much from reading your thoughts.... i also want to say alot without lots of fussy details...you have great depth and value contrast, movement, and mood

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Wow! When this came up on the screen, it just blew me away. After reading all the comments, I realized there is nothing new I can saw....it has already been said several times. You seem to have gone to new heights on this one. I can hardly wait to see what your next post gives us. You just raised the bar!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Catherine,

This is gorgeous. I've been away in Florence, and quite ill when I returned so I'm way behind in commenting. Sorry. Your work is just stunning.

Take care,

Barbara