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A Grey Day On The River

16.00"W x 12.00"H x 1.0"D

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Charles Ash

SANTA FE, NM

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: painting, southwest, mexico, new, canyon, river, grande, rio, cottonwood, trees, valley, original, mountain, pinon, abstract, mountains, rocky, cristo, de, sangre, landscape, impressionist, southwestern

Media: ink, watercolor, paper, arches on paper

Size: 16"W x 12"H x 1"D

Year Created: 2018

A simple landscape of the the Rio Grande cottonwoods and shore on a cloudy day in winter

Sumi ink using a writing brush on rough watercolor paper. 16" x 12" image size, matted and ready to frame.

I love working quickly using a calligraphy brush on rough paper, going for the zen of the moment. I keep the colors pure while at the same time letting the paper do the work; looking for happy accidents that I can exploit. Many times I will take a scene and modify the composition to minimalize the basic elements to maintain a deceptively simple beauty. The subjects I choose to paint tend to have an interesting massing, a layering of elements and a quality of light and shadow. I am always looking for new views and experiences. As I travel, should I come across a striking scene I may simply take a picture for future reference, draw a quick sketch or paint on site. Many times I will remember scenes and sketch from memory while I have an idle moment. My work draws from the forms, colors and experiences of the desert Southwest; an enjoyment in the act of painting expressing a simpler, more casual approach to life.

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