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Big Bend - Original Watercolor Painting

14.00"W x 10.00"H x 1.0"D

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Charles Ash

SANTA FE, NM

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: grande, rio, canyon, texas, southwestern, impressionist, landscape, landscape, shore, river, cottonwoods

Media: watercolor, paper, arches

Size: 14"W x 10"H x 1"D

Year Created: 2018

Santa Elena Canyon at the Big bend along the Rio Grande in southern Texas.
Another of the painting-a-day series of small watercolors using loose watercolor washes quickly over a very rough paper. A fun way to bust loose and explore with watercolors that are different from my usual approach. Signed on front, 14" x 10" 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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