Waldo Canyon

12.00"W x 16.00"H x 0.0"D

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Charles Ash


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: impressionist, southwestern, fe, santa, cristo, de, sangre, mountains, rocky, mountain, tree, pinon, canyon, valley, mexico, new, landscape, southwest

Media: watercolor, paper, arches on paper

Size: 12"W x 16"H x 0.01"D

Year Created: 2017

A simple landscape of the the dry stream beds that cross the foothills of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Another watercolor in a series I have started called Canyonlands. Throughout my life I have been inspired by the magnificent landscape of the west, especially those special places where the rock soars.

Watercolors using a writing brush on rough watercolor paper.

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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