|"Southwest Dawn," 14 1/2" x 21 1/2", 300 lb. d'Arches cold press paper|
I've tried capturing that spirit many times, but only on a small scale, not quite fitting the vastness of the dramatic landscape.
I'm not really set up at home to paint large paintings, but that is also an excuse, because they intimidate me and I get up tight rather than letting the freedom of looseness that makes watercolor so much fun.
So today, after studies, and sketches, and spreading out a table to paint on, and shutting the door to keep the cats out, I tried again.
"Out here is the sky," is my mantra, because in the West and Great Plains it adds to the vastness, the drama, the color of the Southwest, and affects my painting.
|My palette today|
This is a half sheet...roughly 15" by 22", and it required a big palette. I used a 14" by 18" porcelain butcher's tray to get plenty of color ahead of time, with a fairly limited palette of color, as you can see.