I have a fascination and affection for roads, trails and paths, probably because of my love of road trips, exploration and wondering what lies around the corner. I will definitely do a series of paintings at some point, as I am continually inspired by even my simple drives around this region.
This painting was based on a photo I took during my first photo series taken after I got here. I made compositional adjustments from the original photo, eliminating some elements and detail, and shifting the clouds so more emphasis was on them. I generally try to avoid too much blending with my pastel paintings; I prefer to work with color layers to achieve the effect or color I'm looking for.
After taking the photo, I discovered areas that I will end up reworking slightly, such as the holes in the clouds and the dashed highway divider lines, but overall, I was pleased with how this turned out.
"Evening Clouds over Mule Mtns"
pastel on 320-grit garnet sandpaper. 9x11