I hope you enjoy this impressionistic take on the rugged West Texas landscape. I painted this using both a palette knife and brush, employing different techniques in order to create variation in texture. I used a restrained color palette of just 3 colors + white: Ultramarine Blue provides the cool tones, Yellow Ocre gives the sparkling gold, and the red tones of Burnt Sienna lends richness and warmth to this windy open plane.
This painting is based on a memory of mine from a family camping trip out to the Davis Mountains (the center of the triangle formed between El Paso, Midland/Odessa, and Big Bend National Park. This snapshot was a view from the car as we sped along the highway past open winter fields and stunning mountains.
We went tent camping in January (everybody makes mistakes) and awoke in the morning to glittering frost covering the prairie grasses, trees, and rocks. We had to build a fire in order to melt the block of ice that was our drinking water. We were greeted by a happy family of javelinas trotting their way past our campsite on the hillside. It was gorgeous scenery, just perfect for hiking. I love getting to share this little slice of memory with each of you. Hopefully this soothing color palette calms your thought, and the sweet ranch house at the focal paint awakens a happy memory within your own experience.
This image is offered as:
A matted print at 9x13.5" (XS) - ready for you to frame, or as a gallery wrapped canvas at 12x18" (S), 24x36" (M), or 32x48" (L) - ready to hang on the wall.
Larger sizes available. If you're interested in purchasing this piece at dimensions larger than the options listed above, please email me directly via the contact page. Thank you.