|Along The Wash|
12x12 inches - pastel on Artagain
Lori and Sharon and I went down together, and initially we weren't sure the area had much appeal for painting, as the light seemed very flat, but we finally settled on a small spur road leading to one of the countless natural gas pads found in the area.
I immediately gravitated to this wash and shadowed sandstone with all the desert scrub (pinyon, chamisa and sage). Originally, I hadn't planned for there to be so much of the wash in the painting, but as is sometimes the case, the composition deviates from what I originally frame in my viewfinder. Before our group critique, I showed it to Lori, who agreed that cropping some of the bottom off would be good. However, at the critique session, everyone pretty much liked it as is and didn't think it needed cropping.
I did play around with cropping the photo and am undecided, since the crop didn't improve the painting to the degree I thought it would..either way, I love this very desert look and I think a few of us will probably come back down here over the winter on warm days to paint - the light got better and better as the day went on, which is often the case in the winter months when the sun is near its lowest angle in the sky.
More photos from today's paint-out, which turned out to be a beautiful, warm day: