Monday, August 9, 2010

Jackson Hole Chapel by Kay Wyne

Jackson Hole Chapel
Painting #3
Oil on 8" x 36"
Gallery Wrap Canvas
I can only say that I wish my dreams would come true, and that I was painting on location in Jackson Hole....escaping the brutal Texas heat. After painting two versions of this chapel, I was not satisfied. So I started slapping the paint on the mountains with a palette knife and got loose on this canvas. At one point the grass in the foreground was green.....and it blended in too much with the aspen trees. So I did scrape the paint off the fence and ground. I have been known to have "issues" with green before....everyone at the studio knows that I can get into trouble with green paint. So I used Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre and some Raw Umber on the ground. I did have my struggles with this painting, but was happy with the end results. This was a commission piece and now hangs in the Harris' home in Dallas, Texas. Have a great day, and thanks for viewing this blog! Stay cool.


  1. I'm with you, Kay - I dream of escaping this Texas heat! Nice painting!

  2. Hi, I can sure relate to the problem with green. It's a love hate relationship. I have one painting tucked away while it "thinks" about what it has done. I think its the green. I may pull it out and use some of Kay's ideas with the yellows. thank you. Loretta from Oregon....p.s.I love this are all so active.

  3. Great work on the palette knife mountains, I don't think I've ever painted a mountain. Greens are so so difficult; I have an excellent handout on mixing greens that I refer to often. I'll see if I can find the document and e-mail it to you.

  4. Thanks, I need all the help I can get with GREEN, and would welcome any suggestions/comments.

  5. Hi Kay, I like your painting of the chapel. I've been there and you have recreated it nicely. As for your problem with greens, I too struggle with them. I took a Plein Air weekend workshop with Mitch Baird (a NW painter)this summer and he gave tips that I have found helpful so I'll pass them on, for what they are worth. He asked us to not use any green from a tube, but to begin with the subtle colors we saw in the greens, such as purples, reds, blues mixed with yellows, ochres etc. He said greens in most landscapes should be a form of gray, because what we think is green is not always green. "Nature is grayer than you think." I am still working on this concept, so I cheat some times and squeeze out a little sap green, but for the some scenes I have found this info helpful.