Blackstar Reds - Original Oil Painting of Red Bluffs - Blackstar Canyon Oil Painting - Desert Oil Painting

"Blackstar Reds" | 8" x 16" | Oil on canvas panel
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek

This piece was painted on location in Blackstar Canyon in Orange County, California.

To capture the bold color on the bluffs I needed to get my easel set up just after dawn. Any later in the day and the light washes out the color and makes everything look flat. I've read that iron oxide in the rocks is what causes the red tones. The bluff colors really stood out next to the deep blue sky too. It was fun painting this bold color combination because there usually aren't lot of reds found in the locations I paint at.


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