“Plein Air” painting is one of my favorite ways to spend a morning or afternoon.
Morning light is crisp and clean and full of promise for the new day. Evening light slowly lengthens and glows with a golden cast striking the tops of trees, buildings and mountains, as if to say, “Good Night” before the sun, boiling in a pot of oranges, yellows, purples and pinks, sinks below the horizon.
The “White Tank Mountain Park” painting was started at noon and finished around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, as the shadows just started to elongate. It’s almost as if the shadows chase away the light, a little at a time.
The park is beautiful! The Sonoran Desert at it’s finest, with the tall Saguaro cactus standing guard over mesquite bushes and the cholla cactus that spreads out over the ground.
Cholla is one of my late afternoon favorites because of it’s long, soft looking thorns that cover the cactus almost like fur. When the sun slides downward toward the West horizon, the outer surface of the cholla glow a hazy white from their sun drenched thorns. It’s a beautiful sight!
Painting outdoors is the best of my two favorite worlds: being outdoors and painting. Painting is more abstract because of time constraints, colors are boosted, lights and darks are marked out and arranged for optimal composition and Mother Nature keeps you company while you paint. Loving the Earth, marveling at the sky and listening to a concert of birds and insects. Wow! So peaceful!
Anyway, “White Tank Mountain Park” is an 11×14 oil on canvas-board. It is part of the “Painting Today” series.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope your day is like the Sonoran Desert, surprisingly full of life!