|Altocumulus Over Sleeping Ute|
9x12 inches - pastel on black construction paper
The trip was back in early August, and early on, the skies started being interesting, but I had no idea just what an amazing transformation would happen just in the span of a few hours, courtesy of the monsoons. Maynard Dixon would have loved this day.
I've decided that for this series, it will be pretty much "anything goes", in terms of media, surface, size, style, etc. Basically, I want to use this as an opportunity to focus on specific ideas or concepts for each painting, and the common element will simply be that they all are based from references from this trip to Phoenix and back, with a side trip to the Grand Canyon. I've shared photos and the plein air piece I did from that trip here. I even tested the waters months ago for this series with this graphite drawing.
For this first piece in the series, it's all about the sky and minimalism. The view is south of the Sleeping Ute Mtn, located in the southwestern corner of Colorado. The sweep of the clouds over the mountain, and their movement throughout the sky are what appealed to me here. Blue seemed too conventional, so the sky is in some fun colors of turquoise and teal/purple-gray.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the drive!