19 April 2010

Joshua Tree Field trip

Last Sunday the Mt. Washington Painters organized a field trip to Joshua Tree. Our first.
It was hot already but lots of flowers greeted us , albeit not in big masses. Boulders like those of Joshua Tree are interesting by themselves but it is an easy mistake to think they will translate into interesting paintings. A painting has to explain itself and curious shapes and stains that look perfectly natural in real life might look as bizarre design elements in a painting. Rocks color shifts are very interesting and subtle and the form beautiful layers. So the utmost observation of tones and realism, or else, invention and design seem the best approach. I chose the former but my piece became a little cloyed nevertheless.

And here i am looking dashing but dehydrated.

And one of the results of my toils.