A vibrant sky rich in jeweled blues and violets, sun-warmed earth hues of stark adobe architecture, and golden hues of the autumnal landscape are all featured in four new small works painted in oil on canvas.
Each painting starts with a limited pallete of Ultramarine Blue, Hansa Yellow, Napthol Red, Burnt Umber and Titanium White professional artist grade oil paint. I then customize these paints with a mixture of oil mediums that increase the flow, gloss and drying time of the paints. Depending on my composition, I may add Pthalo Blue, Alizarin Crimson or Yellow Ochre to my palette. Custom colors for each painting are mixed from these base pigments to create an image of the New Mexican landscape awash with luscious colors of the Southwest.
The syrupy consistency of the oil paint allows me to create a lavishly textured canvas bursting with energetic brushwork and bold strokes of the palette knife. Each painting is constructed with multiple layers of paint, forming an image that evokes a sense of depth and dimension. These qualities of the artworks allow the viewer to step into the landscape to enjoy a moment of tranquility, surrounded by the lush color and elemental nature of Santa Fe.
Each of these paintings is a small work, measuring either 12 inches x 12 inches or 11 inches x 14 inches. Adobe architecture brings structure to compositions that spotlight a natural phenomenon of the New Mexican landscape: a spectacular sunset, an imminent storm, or the blazing gold leaves of a tree in autumn. Uniquely, in "Echoes of Tularosa," I incorporated primitive designs found on Tularosa pottery, which is local to the area, throughout the composition to represent the effects those ancient people and their artwork still has on the landscape and contemporary artists. Visual art is a powerful way to capture a moment in time.
All four of these original paintings are currently in the Elysian Studios shop. Each piece is signed in oil and includes a Certificate of Authenticity with title, medium, date and artist signature.
Would you like to learn more about how each piece was designed? Read my earlier posts: Santa Fe: Painted Land and Sky, and Santa Fe: Historic Architecture of the Sacred
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