|Skyward Sagebrush - plein air|
12x12 inches, pastel on brown cardstock
We took Wayne's parents, who live in Phoenix, up to the cool 9,000' mining town of Silverton for a good part of the day. After we got back, I grabbed my gear and beat it out to Santa Rita Park to at least get something done in the way of filling a sheet of paper in with pastel.
Sort of reminiscent of the recent painting done in Utah, this features a rock outcropping and sagebrush. It's along a dirt trail that heads off of the Animas River Trail a few hundred meters past the park and skirts the Animas river to the east and above. I looked up to the top of the rock outcropping, saw these, and knew instantly that I had to paint them.
*I normally don't offer up critiques and/or point out shortcomings in my paintings here on the blog. However, in this case I feel compelled to point out that the clouds bother me. They are always a challenge to paint on location as they are in constant flux, and I'm always fighting to keep them from looking contrived, or just plain funky. I knew I wanted them to come from the upper right to balance the elements in the lower left, but they aren't working for me. Too lacy, too convoluted - I'm not sure. I do know that I want to, er...need to, to rework them. Simplify, simplify!
From the Silverton trip:
|A bighorn sheep yearling along Hwy 550, curious but unafraid|
of me and the camera
|Wayne and his parentals in Silverton, because I do occasionally|
take photos of people!