More sandstone, shadows and snow. And those glorious clouds! In my computer room/office, the view faces east, and there is a large rocky hillside slope about 200 meters away. It is currently covered with snow, and in the late afternoon, I watch as the shadows lengthen behind the pinyon and juniper and the full shadows gradually creep up, replacing the pale pinks, yellows and lavenders with cooler, darker blues. This is of course what caught my eye and prompted this photo along the drive.
9x12 - oil on board
For this piece (and the next one coming up), I decided to pull out another of my seldom-used colors from my equine art days: Indian yellow. It is a very dark, intense transparent pigment that tints with white to a brilliant earthy yellow - just perfect for the yellows of these sunlit sandstone cliffs. It's probably a more practical color for southwestern landscapes than the cadmium yellow light I had used in the past as my primary yellow. It's also in the clouds and the juniper scrub. Indian red, yellow ochre, purple lake, pthalo and ultramarine blue round out the palette here, along with white. The biggest challenge here was to try and define the changing planes of the slope via subtle color shifts and brush strokes. The shrubs help as well.
And, here are some photos from this morning's sunrise moonset, taken just after I got out of bed. Another 10 minutes, and I'd have missed it. Isn't she a beauty?
Approaching the horizon
70mm - shot with 18-70mm f/4.5 Nikkor zoom lens
Full moon morning glow
200mm - shot with 55-200mm f/5.6 Nikkor tele zoom
Full moon going...