Desert heat and strong winds provided an atmosphere of dust that covered the canvas. Mixing and applying paint was difficult, but somehow it all came together. However, I wouldn't recommend painting with desert dust!
The walls of Box Canyon are directly behind me. Since I've painted this canyon before, I thought I'd paint the road leading to it this time. 100 degrees, steady winds of 15 mph with gusts to 35 mph......whew!
Only about six weeks of painting left before I move from New Mexico and this awesome backyard which includes a mountain! The rising sun dissipated the shadows in the scene I'm painting...... better luck tomorrow!
The result of yesterday's outing, "Roadside Hills" is on Hwy 60, Datil, NM. Starting a painting 2 hrs before sunset provides interesting shadows & highlights for landscapes. The only obstacles are wind & swarms of flies due to the drought here.
This old barn is next to an historic landmark known as Baldwin Cabin. The cabin is now the public library in Datil, NM. I took the liberty of naming the barn "Baldwin Barn". Painted just before sunset....great colors.
I paint to celebrate nature and to honor people who are celebrating life. Art, wether it is practiced or purchased, will heal & inspire, it will reveal the extraordinary in what previously seemed ordinary. It also helps us re-experience precious moments. I'm using the skills I've learned in order to inspire an emotional response. I emphasize the play of natural light In my paintings and use color generously combined with brush strokes that capture fleeting and treasured moments. I love to paint outdoors as well as in my studio. Being actively immersed in nature contributes to a soulful expression of her many moods. My seascapes and portraits have been hailed by patrons as stunning, vivid and emotionally stirring.