Subject Tags: watercolor, painting, southwest, mexico, new, valley, original, mountain, yellow, abstract, rocky, mountains, cristo, de, sangre, willow, cottonwood, landscape, impressionist, southwestern
Size: 16"W x 12"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Cottonwood and willow groves along the rivers in New Mexico create a lush environment in the high desert of the Colorado Plateau.
Another of the painting-a-day series of small watercolors. A fun way to bust loose and explore with watercolors that are different from my usual approach. 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.