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Wilderness Mist - Original Watercolor Painting

22.00"W x 30.00"H x 0.1"D

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Charles Ash


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: northern new mexico, aspen, forest, trees, wilderness, mountain, sangre de cristo, landscape, southwest

Media: watercolor on paper

Size: 22"W x 30"H x 0.1"D

Year Created: 2017

Living in New Mexico for over 30 years I have always loved the palette of colors and shapes native to the landscape. The aspen wilderness forests nearby are wild and secret places in the mist to visit.

Another series of watercolors working to achieve a minimalist feel. In this case watercolor using quick strokes with a Japanese writing brush on rough watercolor paper. 22" x 30" image size, unframed

Open skies, storms coming in, sweeping vistas, mountains and grasslands all call for broad strokes and bold light and shadows.

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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