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Little Aspen

10"W x 14"H x 0.1"D

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Charles Ash

SANTA FE, NM

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: northern new mexico, trees, wilderness, forest, aspen, landscape, southwest

Media: watercolor on paper

Size: 10"W x 14"H x 0.1"D

Year Created: 2017

Springtime in the Pecos Wilderness with a small grouping of young aspen.

Another of the painting-a-day series of small watercolors. Small watercolor paintings using quick strokes with a writing brush on rough watercolor paper. Signed on front, 10" x 14" 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 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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