Friday, August 1, 2008

Breaking Storm

I mentioned last time I'm a fan of Dutch painter Jacob van Ruisdael and was working on a piece that -- in my mind, anyway -- is reminiscent of his style.

And here it is! The scene is in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ, USA, looking south toward the Sonoyta Mountains of Mexico. I've shown the entire painting as well as a detail -- a Harris' hawk (a southwestern species of raptor), flying close to the ground, as they tend to do.

I didn't make the clouds shadows as dark as ol' Jake would have -- I decided to go with a more natural-looking scene -- THIS time! But this painting combines many of my favorite things about the desert: this view, organ pipe cactus, dramatic lighting, and a Harris' hawk.

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