Monday, July 4, 2011

Desert Hues 5 x 7 Pastel SOLD

Desert Hues was an exciting accomplishment for me.  I worked mainly with large simple shapes, texture and a limited palette for this piece.  White ampersand board was the chosen surface because of it's advantages for creating a wet underpainting.  After the initial colors were blocked in, I held a spray bottle about 8 inches from the painting and sprayed it with water.  The colors ran and merged with each other.  A delightful blending resulted.  The masses in the painting still retained their shapes and it was interesting to apply the various pastels over the underpainting.  Scenes like this are delightful to paint.  Using this technique I am never sure what is going to develop during the process, thus the adventure.


  1. This is a magical place, never tire of the view, especially this one. This captures the feeling of the area and although the colors dramatically change with the season and sky it is always compelling to look at.

  2. Such an intriguing scene! Love the colors you used and the way you set up the composition.