Size: 11"W x 7"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2014
The stand of cottonwoods along the Rio Grande near the village of Mesilla in southern New Mexico. Bosque is the Spanish term for the riverside environment of cottonwoods and willows. It is what makes the Rio Grande in New Mexico so special.
Another of the painting-a-day series of small watercolors using loose watercolor washes quickly over a very rough paper.11" x 7" image size, matted and ready to frame.
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.