“As we drove from Arches National Park to our hotel in Moab, we were treated to a huge harvest moon rising over the rocks. Everything was glowing.”
While working with collage at a workshop in Creede, CO, we first went outside to sketch. I chose the branches of a low hanging tree for the pattern of the rice paper underlay. I went on to define the branches and the feel of water below with watercolor and acrylic.
This tall, narrow canvas lent itself to the wonderful Palo Verde trees that I loved from Arizona and Marfa Texas. There is a bit of gauze fabric to give texture to the tree branches. I then played with sunlight and shadow in somewhat fanciful colors. Purple shadows for contrast with sunlight is a favorite for me.
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.