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Highlands Spring

16.00"W x 12.00"H x 0.1"D

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Charles Ash

SANTA FE, NM

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: new mexico, rocky mountains, impressionist, landscape, southwestern

Media: watercolor on paper

Size: 16"W x 12"H x 0.1"D

Year Created: 2017

Spring morning in the fields up in the high country of Northern New Mexico. The last of the snow is gone and the landscape is coming back to life.

Another in a series of watercolors working to achieve a minimalist feel. A fun way to bust loose and explore with watercolors using quick strokes with a Japanese writing brush on rough watercolor paper. 16" x 12" image size, matted and ready to 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

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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