Cliff Palace At Mesa Verde

14.00"W x 20.00"H x 0.1"D

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Charles Ash


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: anasazi, ruins, historic, pueblo, colorado, southwest

Media: watercolor on paper

Size: 14"W x 20"H x 0.1"D

Year Created: 2017

Cliff Palace is the iconic cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park. Built by the ancient anasazi people, the square tower house appears today much as it was in the late 13th century. Rooms were added, abandoned, modified throughout its occupation, creating the dense clustering of rooms with its size that intrigues me. The layering and massing of forms create an architecture similar to the modern movement of the twentieth century.
Original watercolor on paper, image size 14" x 20", matted and ready for a standard size 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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