Friday, March 4, 2016
Deserts and Everything Else
As a landscape painter, I have many, many options to choose from when deciding what to paint. Desert scenes tend to be my favorite, but there sure are a lot of other places that deserve to be captured, too.
This painting shows the Sneffels Range in Colorado, an especially beautiful region in the fall. Here, we are looking across a pasture of the Double RL Ranch -- designer Ralph Lauren's spread.
I love painting the desert, but views like Mount Sneffels cry out to be captured as well. I often feel like I don't do as well in catching the magic of these places as I do with the desert. BUT: what's an artist to do?
The desert has a mood to it like nothing else. But sometimes I need COLOR, or the grandeur of mighty mountains or other features that the desert just doesn't have.
That's when I start thinking about Colorado, or the California redwoods, or even the ocean shores. And paint it all!
It's a big world, but somebody's gotta paint it!