Saturday, December 5, 2015

December's Virtual Paint Out - Ecuador

This month our Virtual Paint Out Group is traveling to Ecuador.

First a bit of geography - 

Ecuador, a country of about 16 million people straddles the equator in north-western South America. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west, Columbia on the north and by Peru on the east and south, it has a land mass of approximately 107,000 sq miles, roughly the size of Nevada. One of the most biodiverse countries, the climate ranges from tropical and rainy at the coast, temperate and dryer in the inland mountains, to tropical rainforest in the Amazonian jungle lowlands. The central regions are mountainous with many active volcanoes. Mt. Chimborazo is the highest mountain at 20,577 ft. Evidence of the earliest inhabitants date back to 8060 BC. The Galapagos Islands, located in the Pacific, 650 miles west of the mainland, became part of Ecuador in 1832.

I am so pleased to be a member of The Virtual Paint Out Group. I look forward to each new destination and enjoy exploring and reading the history of the country and its people. Using Google Street Maps, I can “walk” the streets, safely travel the roads and back alleys and see people in their environment. This new scenery is a joy to paint.

My Kindle with reference photo and my initial lay-in.

After completing my initial lay-in, I let the painting decide the finish. I know that I have to adjust values and elements to make a painting that I feel is technically correct and one that expresses my vision of the region.
Chimborazo Region, Ecuador, 9x12, oil

This painting is available in my Ebay Store - Virtual Paint Out.

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