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Llano

7"W x 11"H x 0.1"D

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Charles Ash

SANTA FE, NM

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: green, new mexico, prairie, contemporary landscape, southwest

Media: watercolor on paper

Size: 7"W x 11"H x 0.1"D

Year Created: 2017

The grassy plains in New Mexico are called llano (pronounced
YA no)
Another of the painting-a-day series of small watercolors. A fun way to bust loose and explore with watercolors that are different from my usual approach. 7" x 11" image size, 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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