Here lies the final panel of the seven-panel, From the Diamond Grade, panorama. For more information, check the previous 3 blogs on this site. Also the Continuation where I’ve added a bit of text.
From the Diamond Grade, 7, 16 x 12″, Oil on masonite, 2009
Here it is with its partner, #6:
From the Diamond Grade, 6 & 7, 32 x 12, Oil on masonite, 2009
And here’s a larger set:
From the Diamond Grade, 5, 6, & 7, 48 x 12″, Oil on masonite, 2009
And here, just as a reminder, are the first 4 panels:
From the Diamond Grade, 1, 2, 3, & 4, Oil on masonite, 2009
If you check out “more,” you can see the entire panorama, albeit in greatly reduced imagery. I couldn’t resist adding a bit of text, also –June
From the Diamond Grade, 112″ x 12″, Oil on masonite, 2009.
My hope was to capture not just the panorama, but something of the changing light from AM to PM. The panels on the left are early morning (6:30 AM) views. As the panels progress, so does the time, through the flat light of middle day, until panel 5, when the light starts shifting to evening light — different in temperature, different in direction. The last panel was done about 5:30 PM, when I rushed off to get dinner.
I have my priorities. Dinner at the Hotel Diamond is family style, served promptly at 6:30 PM, and the dining chairs are relatively close. Painting on the open desert, with sun screen and bug repellant and barrier cream (to prevent toxic oil paints from penetrating my skin), not to mention sweat and dust, meant a shower was probably a prerequisite to getting served (I had no desire at that point to test the requirement).
This panorama is a trial run, done in 3 days of plein air painting at different times of day, for a month of painting in Beatty, Nevada, at the Goldwell Open Air Museum’s Red Barn, where I hope to do something similar, only on canvas and with sizes of 4 feet wide and 5 feet high — at least 5 of them. Although 7 might be better.