I sent off five new paintings to the framer today – all landscapes. I will exhibit a couple of the big ones next week at the Mission Gallery show. The others will be back in time for my one-man show at the St. George Art Museum. “Sagebrush Serenade” (above) is a huge painting of old man sage in the red sands at Kayenta, Utah.Purchase Information
I begin the painting with a pencil sketch on Arches watercolor paper, then lay in loose washes of color. I will build up the values with glazes or washes of color, refining the detail as I go.
At this stage I continue the washes, being careful to keep the glazes thin and transparent.
At this point I have tightened up the shapes of the mountains and defined the shadows. Notice how the shadows become bluer and lighter in value on the distant cliffs. That is an effect of aerial perspective.