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Mittens - Original Watercolor and Ink Painting

12"W x 16"H x 0.1"D

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Charles Ash

SANTA FE, NM

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: monument valley, mountain, butte, rock, desert, arizona, contemporary, landscape, southwestern

Media: watercolor on paper

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

Sandstone buttes known as The Mittens tower over the desert floor in Monument Valley. The Navajo name for the valley is Tsé-Bii-Ndzisgaii, "Valley-of-the-Rocks". Throughout my life I have been inspired by the magnificent landscape of the west, especially those special places where the rock soars. Another series of watercolors working to achieve a minimalist feel. In this case watercolor and ink using quick strokes with a Japanese writing brush on rough watercolor paper. 12" x 16" image size, matted and ready to frame. Perfect for home or office. Image was photographed to represent orig

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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