Mid-Winter Painting at Carbon Canyon

Mid-winter painting at Carbon Canyon means the sun is still a little low in the horizon. The equinox mean the light is hinting at the position it will soon be at in spring.  There is a quality of the softer light that inspires that feeling one gets when the air is clear and clean and also both warm and cool.

This painting was done in the brisk shade while looking down the path that leads past the nature preserve and garden.  This is a return trip to the Carbon Canyon Regional Park. For many years, this area that has captured my attention.  

Plein air painting and fine art print of Carbon Canyon Regional Park outside of Brea, CA depicting trees and a fence lined path.
Late Afternoon at Carbon Canyon, 2018 by Curtis Green

This area was recently  on fire, and some of the area showed signs of being scorched. The trees that appear here were also subjects of the other paintings done around this location.  Fortunately the main trunks  survived and restoration of the area is underway.

I like the height of the trees.  I’m mostly responding to the massing of the shapes and how that creates a composition on the canvas.  It seems to set up for a “Californian” arrangement of Eucalyptus trees in the setting sun. Hopefully, it has a European sensibility also.

Walk Right In

If one were able to walk into this painting, one could travel to the fence corner and turn left. Just around the left corner is the location of another painting I did looking down that path. You can see and read about that painting in another post I wrote about it. A little history of the area is included also.

I look forward to doing more paintings here. Originally settled in the 1880’s by the new farmers it was know as Olinda. Agriculture and oil were the main industries. The area is full of history and natural Southern California beauty. Here’s a link to plan a visit to Carbon Canyon Regional Park.

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