Sunday, May 3, 2009

Gray morning / Manhã cinzenta


It is not because ine day starts covered by clouds that the mountain villages become less beautiful ... We lose the brightness and heat of the sun, but get an increase in the beauty of the textures of the stone, both in the houses and on the slopes, and its contrast with the very intense green of the fields around.
Não é por um dia amanhecer coberto de nuvens que as aldeias de montanha se tornam menos belas... Perde-se a luminosidade e o calor do sol, mas ganha-se a beleza do acentuar das texturas da pedra, tanto a das casas como a das encostas, e o seu contraste com o verde muito intenso dos campos em redor.
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10 comments:

Tracey Clarke said...

The weather is the same here in D.C today, too. Lovely painting!

Patrick said...

You're totally right about the fact that cloudy days can offer some very beautiful scenes. Sometimes a dramatic sky can be a subject by itself.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Thank you, Tracey: Actually we're having a hot almost-summer day here today, but inspiration came from a village I visited a couple of weeks ago, when there was such a rainy yet beautiful weather.

Gypsy Moon Designs said...

Paulo your descriptions of your work are so interesting to read.

I live in a mountain area and we have mist hanging in the mountains today.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Thank you. I must say I envy you both for living in the mountains, and for the beautiful mist :))
Have a wonderful week!

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Patrick, I agree absolutely: One of my recent mountain trips was done in a cloudy day that offered the most dramatic and spectacular skyscapes. What a combination with the beautiful mountains!

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

These stone builings seem to have grown out of the earth rather then have been built. Nice painting.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

That's so true, Stephen, and even more true if I tell you that sometimes those houses are built close to huge rocks in order to use them as part of the structure...

nancy elstad said...

I am smitten! I love love your work! I have looked at every post and your etsy store. Beautiful

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Nancy, thank you so much for your kindness, and congratulations on your wonderful work, too. Love your trompe l'oeil paintings and looking forward to see more.