Texas Summer

24″ x 18″ pastel on sanded paper

This painting started out as a “spring in Texas”, it was the last of the Queen Anne’s Lace for the year, but the painting knew that it was time for summer.  I started it about 6 weeks ago, and wasn’t happy with it.  I got it out and “saved” it.  I used denatured alcohol to wash out all the big blooms and then added some. Right yellow and red.

Working big – a start

I am intrigued by an area of the Chama River between the small town of Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch on highway 84.  It is too complicated to work small, so I have blocked in a diptic using the paper I brought with me, in total it will be 36″x18″ split 1/3 – 2/3.  I have used soft pastel and denatured alcohol to find my way in values, and set a very hot tone to the scene.