July, 2010

Jul 10

The feel of a fairway

Hole 18, “Home”, Redlands Country Club

Nearly two decades ago Redlands Country Club commissioned me to paint selected scenes of its golf course. A dozen or more years have passed since my last assignments there, so this latest commission required getting reacquainted with the golf course.

Redlands Country Club is a beautiful place with an interesting story (one nicely recorded in Redlands Country Club: A Centennial History by a friend, historian Larry Burgess). The toughest part of this commission was winnowing-down my pick to a single view. I ended up selecting two: an uphill view of Hole 6  and Hole 18’s panoramic view of the clubhouse, valley basin and distant San Bernardino Mountains. I painted  two small studies (below) and presented these to Club for it to select a favorite.

I began the 36” x 60” acrylic painting of Hole 18 by roughly sketching the scene with a #12 and #24 filbert brush, the pastel study as my reference.

Loose but confident brushwork underscore this painting’s expressive effect; the finished painting’s surface–though you can’t see it in this small web image–glistens as if the fairway is still damp with morning dew.

Digital print available, this and more of Brad’s artwork can be examined at Brad Faegre Fine Art