|Plateau Showers - #7|
18x24 inches - pastel on UArt #400 paper
© 2012, S.Johnson
The location, as we continue west along Hwy 160, is now west of Kayenta, AZ, and approaching what is hands-down my favorite section of the drive: the Organ Rock monocline. Those who were following my blog when I did the first Four Corners roadtrip series in late '10 will remember it.
To my mind, there are few things more visually stunning and emblematic of the southwest than a huge cumulonimbus cloud spanning a section of plateau country and an isolated sweep of rain in the distance. Discreet shadows cast by the cloud help define the elements of the land.
Regarding this paper, I can't say I like it. I know it's really popular with pastelists, and maybe I'll try a finer grit in the future, but I found that it took so much longer to paint this than it should have - I had to use a ton of pastel and the light touch I'm used to using on my smooth black Strathmore just doesn't work so well here. I found it necessary to finger blend almost everything to eliminate the harsh edges produced by the grit and texture. However, it's still far better than Colourfix paper, which I cannot stand.
It actually started out as a failed painting from the winter series I was doing in Dec and Jan:
|Nope, it's not a really bad abstract painting....|
Anyway, I am going to switch back to oils for this series now.