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Bosque Colors II - Original Watercolor Painting

22.00"W x 34.00"H x 0.1"D

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Charles Ash

SANTA FE, NM

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: cottonwoods, riverside, southwestern, contemporary landscape

Media: watercolor on paper

Size: 22"W x 34"H x 0.1"D

Year Created: 2015

Cottonwood groves along the rivers in New Mexico are centers of food, shelter and a place of variety of flora and fauna.

A larger piece in a small series I am doing that is a similar concept but with different execution and composition using rough watercolor paper. Signed on front, 22" x 34"" image size, unframed.

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Image was photographed to represent original colors, but your monitor colors may vary the colors slightly. .
In 2014 started painting-a-day series using loose watercolor washes quickly over a very rough paper with a Japanese writing brush; which the minimalism parallels my architectural practice. As part of the minimalism he has started to experiment with "Bokusho" the art of abstract expressionism through the medium of Japanese calligraphy. While the forms are not intended to be 'writing' the expressive marks produced retain all the power and fluid grace that Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) exhibits.


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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