Tagged: death valley


I was irritated enough by the scrappy surface of the canvas in the sky that I scraped it all to knock off the protuding bits, then repainted with a light blue grey.

I added some cadmium red to the hermit’s hat, and scattered some dashes of it around the stones and into the mountains to give some unity to the painting. In natural light there is a lot of reflected colour that is almost unnoticable, but if you don’t make sure that there are a few hints of each colour elsewhere in the painting your eye will notice that something’s not quite right, so I always add a little of each colour into the general landscape even if the object is a minimal part of the piece.

I mixed a touch of cobalt blue with the flake white and added some of the slightly blue lead white into the stones which are really coming to life now. Using the same white on the circle has given me a bit more dimension as the warm and cool whites play against each other. Finally the megaliths got another cleanup to define the colour.

I searched through my pictures for a long time this morning, looking for my landscape shots from the trip I made up there in December. Somehow I misplaced all of the horizontal images in the computer, and couldn’t find them anywhere. For a while I was pretty sure that they were gone for good, then I located them in a file buried in an old  iPhoto archive, i’ve been using Bridge for quite a while, and had forgotten that I had put them there.

img_7344.jpgReferring to the pictures means that I can do some justice to the landscape at the Trona Pinnacles, which is one of the weirder landscape on this earth, close to one of the worst towns ever built. Searching for the pictures took up enough time that I didn’t get much on canvas before it was time to get home to my kids for dinner, but you can see where this is going. I’m using the diagonal line from corner to corner as a guide for the tops of the pinnacles.  It’s pretty sketchy right now and there’s a lot more detail to come which will bring it to life.