Special Morning, 9068, Colorado landscape original oil painting






This painting was commissioned as a most unique wedding present for a couple who became engaged on an early morning hot air balloon ride in Colorado. This painting shows their balloon floating over a vast panorama of foothills and distant mountains.
I am showing the progress of the painting almost from the beginning. The canvas was primed with Terra Rosa, which imparts a warm under tone. The mountains get lighter and less detailed as they recede in the distance.
The balloon was the interesting part, because the reference photo I was working from was a panorama shot taken FROM their balloon. I also had a photo of their balloon on the ground so I knew what the colors were. The trick was to superimpose their balloon on the aerial scene and make it look like it was floating over the terrain. Also I had to make the balloon large enough to be recognizable, yet keep it in scale with the magnitude of the view.
I'm very happy with how it turned out, and I hope the bride and groom will treasure this painting of their special morning.
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9 comments:

Barb said...

How romantic! It turned out very beautiful.

Vern Schwarz said...

Carol, this couple will be thrilled with this reminder of their special day. I love the ground showing through in the foreground. Proportions of the balloon are perfect.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

A beautiful job my friend! I'm sure they will cherish it!

SarahBowie said...

Fascinating to see the progress. I hope the couple has raved about the finished product!

Manorhousefineart said...

I do like this..simple but highly effective!! Carol please have a look at my realism...just started painting again in a professional way ie not hobby any more.

Manorhousefineart said...

Reminds me of "Rocky Mountain High"
by the GREAT JOHN DENVER...

John Allsopp

Debera said...

very romantic painting giving me the memories of texas.....

Debera


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Paris Wyatt Llanso Art said...

What a beautiful piece!!!

Kaitlin said...

Hi Carol,
Just wanted to let you know my friend and her new husband received their wedding present painting this past weekend and LOVED it! They recognized immediately what the painting was of, and were amazed at how accurately it depicted that special day. They were so happy and I think it turned out perfectly! They just bought their first house so they said this is perfect because they've been trying to find art to fill their walls, and this one is personalized and very special. Thank you again! It was a pleasure working with you!
Kaitlin