Another collage from Creede, CO. Rice paper gives the branch shapes their texture and an overpainting of acrylic gold metallic defines the strong, whimsical shapes.
This abstract of the colors of glacier ice and shadows came from a more realistic rendition of a photo from Iceland. I used that as an underpainting, adding deep darks to suggest a chasm in the ice and strong strokes to give the feel of ice shards.
“A painting of glacier ice and water wasn’t working, so I added foreground rocks like some I’d seen in Mexico. In those rocks, the waves left behind pools and swirling eddies. I wanted to capture that feeling.”
The Sweeney ranch sits at the beginning of the hill country in Morgan Mill. From the rockers on the back porch of the ranch house, one looks at this amazing multi-trunk live oak and layers of hills in the distance. I’ve painted this tree and view twice and have taken a dozen photos at all times of day and the constantly changing scene is a favorite.