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Aspen Change - Original Watercolor Painting

16.00"W x 12.00"H x 0.1"D

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Charles Ash

SANTA FE, NM

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: mountain, aspen, trees, forest, wilderness, new mexico, contemporary landscape, southwest

Media: watercolor on paper

Size: 16"W x 12"H x 0.1"D

Year Created: 2017


Living in New Mexico for over 30 years I have always loved the palette of colors and shapes native to the landscape. The aspen forests nearby are wild and secret places to visit.It's the beginning of fall and the aspen are surrounded by a riot of color. Up in the wilderness in the mountains east of Santa Fe. During a day hike at the end of summer looking out into the wilderness forest.; the colors are starting to change.

Watercolors using quick strokes with a Japanese writing brush on rough watercolor paper. 16" x 12" image size, 16" x 20" mat, 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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