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Church At Llano

20.00"W x 14.00"H x 0.0"D

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Charles Ash

SANTA FE, NM

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: rural, landscape, adobe buildings, historic, village, church, northern new mexico, southwest

Media: watercolor on paper

Size: 20"W x 14"H x 0.01"D

Year Created: 2010

A little church in the village of Llano in the northern New Mexico Mountains.
Original watercolor on paper, image size 20" x 14", 18" x 24" mat, ready to frame.

The subjects I choose to paint tend to have an interesting massing, a layering of elements and a quality of light and shadow. 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.

Open skies, storms coming in, sweeping vistas, mountains and grasslands all call for broad strokes and bold light and shadows.

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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