“Due to a huge amount of rain, it was a banner year for Colorado wildflowers. This painting tries to capture that rainbow of color against the mountain.”
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 is a study of dark shadows under trees and tangled brush, reflected in water. Gouache over watercolor brightened the sky above and in the water. I also used the amazing pop of pastels to bring out details and a punch of color.
At my friend Jackie’s beautiful home in the hills west of Creede, CO, there is this amazing ancient Ponderosa pine tree, The branches lift up in arcs that create a stained glass window effect.