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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Desert Drama

"Desert Drama," 5 x 7 acrylic study on canvas panel

drama of far distances and spacious skies of the arid Southwest overwhelms the senses with an infinity of colors and light--and the sense of size. 
To me, rain storms are among the most dramatic, both as a contrast to the arid land and air, and because they dominate the wide open spaces, clouds always changing, always moving, and rain falling transparently across the landscapes.
The Navajo consider torrential rain from thunderstorms male rains and slow moving clouds and gentle rains and mist  female.
I'm captivated by those rains, their shapes and colors. Today's painting, a study for a larger piece, is another of my desert series, also an unintended work in complementary colors.

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