desert landscape: life among the ruins
A springtime morning along the Dorgan Sublett Trail, I especially admired this cactus who found a home five feet up an old stone wall. I enjoyed the way the morning sunlight played across his spines and the view of the lush spring desert. I stood in the ruins of this farmhouse overlooking the valley and imagined what it must have felt like to build a life in a place where even a cactus likes a little shelter from the elements.
I started this piece in my tent during a week long solo camping trip at Big Bend National Park. I finished it back at the studio where acrylics are far easier to handle than in the desert.
This painting is a great anchor for a gallery wall installation. Its angular composition catches and directs the eye. The overall impact is pretty bold, while the colors are predominantly neutral and soft. It has a calming quality that makes it perfect for any room where patience and mindfulness are desired. I look at it when I do tai chi and find it both grounding and uplifting.
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*image wraps sides with a fraction of an inch around the back
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