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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Rock of ages--sandstone

Sandstone at Jemez, 5 by 7 watercolor, 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press paper
Sandstone. In infinite  shapes and colors, it's a signature rock of the Southwest, telling stories of eons past and to come
It always draws the eye, captures the attention of a traveler, a photographer, an artist. Much of it is spiritual for the peoples who live nearby.
 When I see sandstone on the horizon, anywhere, I am happy...it's a rock of ages, home of the souls.
This is a study for a larger piece commissioned by a friend. Even trying to paint the orange red sandstone of Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico makes me happy. It's down mountain from the Valles Caldera, as a storm brews in the background.
(Thus is complete the #worldwatercolorgroup January paint happy things challenge.)
In October

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