pastel on 140# w/c paper with Golden pumice ground
A companion piece, if you will, to the last painting. I realized that I had this photo in my collection, and was drawn to it for the same reasons - golden grasses and dark, dramatic skies. This is taken from the same location, but the view is to the southeast now, with the wind to our backs. In the distance, San Jose peak - another small range just south of the border, receives a smattering of snow.
This reminded me that winter storms were a common theme to my photography and paintings last year while in southern AZ. Two of the paintings can be seen here and here.
The paper for this gave me some fits with blending; I am guessing it didn't contain a thick enough layer of the pumice ground to allow for the layering I needed, particularly at the top. It also made trying to accurately depict a mountain partially shrouded in cloud and snow even more difficult.
Now, I'm off to contemplate the next subject to paint. I have so many ideas bouncing through my head and often when that happens, it takes longer to figure out what to actually focus on.