oil on panel
As the colored cliffs gradually disappear, the landscape opens up, providing a sweeping view to the south of northern New Mexico. An iconic landmark of the Four Corners region - Shiprock - comes into view, immediately commanding attention. Shiprock is probably the largest, and certainly the most well-known of the dozens of diatremes in the region. Against the surrounding sedimentary rock, the weathered remains of this explosive volcanic neck look almost out of place, and surely enigmatic for those not familiar with the region's geology.
oil on panel
I was specifically going for an abstracted image here, to depict Shiprock as a shadowed and silhouetted form against the otherwise featureless land. It didn't work with a higher horizon, and even though the sky dominates the composition, space-wise, there is no doubt what the point of interest is. Clouds add some interest and help balance out the open sky.
Here is another photo of Shiprock, taken along Hwy 491, with the view to the northwest, and partially obscured by the winter storm. I am sure it will figure into many photos and probably more paintings in the future.
And, finally, here is a shot from last night's sunset. Abstract-style, for my blogger friend Jala: