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Colorado Homestead

20"W x 14"H x 0.1"D

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Charles Ash

SANTA FE, NM

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: ranch, homestead, colorado rockies, cabin, colorado landscape, southwestern

Media: watercolor on paper

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

Year Created: 2017

The old cabin on the family ranch homesteaded in Colorado near Mount Princeton in the 1870's. My grandmother was born there and called it "Dad's Place". Original watercolor on paper, image size 14" x 20", matted and ready for a standard size frame.

Open skies, storms coming in, sweeping vistas, mountains and grasslands all call for broad strokes and bold light and shadows. I strive for an economy of color and execution that can bring a landscape to life.

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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