A plein air piece from a recent painting trip to the Grand Canyon. The day started out sunny, but as the day progressed it became cloudy. I almost did not paint, but wanted to try a close in composition. The sun light was peek-a-boo.
This is from my trip to Wyoming this past December. Yes, very cold and of course much colder than Arizona. I got up early one morning and wandered around, crunching on the snow. Very intense light with all the snow. I wondered if I could paint that kind of strong light. I love the red chimney. The old house has been abandoned for many years.
Painted at Lost Dog Wash Trail Head, Scottsdale, AZ. on Feb 20, 2016
I have always been interested in figuring out how to paint on Ocotillo bush, which when in leaf and backlit are amazing plants. I think this one is fairly successful. I painted the bottom half as one solid form and then added darks and lights and some peek-a-boo rocks in the background.