|Chamisa Along the Wash - SOLD|
9x12 inches - pastel on Strathmore 500-series paper
© 2011, SJohnson
I've taken several reference photos of blooming chamisa along the lower area hikes I've done recently, including the one this photo is based on - an unnamed trail near the Dry Fork area west of town.
I've run out of my favorite black Strathmore 12x12" paper (and apparently, it is discontinued), so I've resorted to using some Strathmore charcoal paper I've used until I can get a pad of the 12x18" Artagain. It has a laid surface, which I don't care for, but for some reason, I've found it easier to use with these recent paintings. I used the #220 sandpaper on the smoother surface of this warm gray sheet, and it seemed to work out well.
Some photos from that same hike, which was mostly intended as a butterfly outing:
|Melissa Blue male on chamisa flower|
|A bee fly visits a late summer aster (Eurybia glauca)|
|A female Melissa Blue shows off her beautiful top colors while resting on the spent leaf of a Western Flag iris|