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Valles Monsoon - Original Watercolor Painting

16"W x 12"H x 0.1"D

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Charles Ash

SANTA FE, NM

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: cristo, de, sangre, southwest, mexico, new, mountain, southwestern, landscape, impressionist, tree, pinon, decor, small, abstract, landscape, storm, rain, impressionist

Media: watercolor on rough, paper, watercolor

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

Abstract landscape recalling the plains meeting the mountains at the east side of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. In traditional Navajo belief, a thunderstorm with torrential rain is considered a male rain; associated with the violent seasonal summer storms known as the monsoons. 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.

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