Size: 14"W x 10"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2015
Cottonwood and willow groves along the rivers in New Mexico create a lush environment in the high desert of the Colorado Plateau.
This is the third in a small series I am doing with the same basic concept but with different composition and execution. In this case using quick strokes with a writing brush on rough watercolor paper.
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.