Size: 16"W x 12"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2017
In traditional Navajo belief, a thunderstorm with torrential rain is considered a male rain. A gentle, slow-moving rain, accompanied perhaps by low clouds and mist, is a female rain. In general, male rains are associated with the violent seasonal summer storms known as the monsoons, whereas female rains are associated with the stirring of the seasons when spring rains bring the high desert to life. This duality marks a general structural gendering in Navajo cosmology; whether it's Father Sky and Mother Earth or the male and female sides of a hogan, ultimately it’s the equilibrium between the two forces, qualities, and characteristics that enable healthfulness, harmony, and beauty. -
Another of the painting-a-day series of small images. A fun way to bust loose and explore with watercolors using quick strokes with a Chinese writing brush on rough watercolor paper. 16" x 12" 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.