In October our group went out to paint in the Franklin Mountains State Park which is a beautiful place to hike, camp and commune with the desert landscape. Here are steps in my process of expressing what I saw and felt that day.
I try to paint in the shade, both for my comfort and for not having a glare on the paper. I was painting in the picnic shelter of a campsite in this wild state park that is the only such Texas park with an urban area city limits. And only five miles from my house. I have to get out and paint here more!
I added more details. The shiny gray areas are shapes covered with masking fluid to have lighter shrubs after darks are painted on top.
Then I got carried away and made the darks a big block of the bottom without a pathway through the painting. I also didn’t like the curved yellowy sotol shapes in that area.
I thought the lit area and the rocks on the right had some merit, so I lifted up part of the foreground left area and made rock like shapes there. And that is where it is right now. I think I may crop it and frame, but not sure now. Any suggestions?
I will probably paint this again in the studio, and definitely go out exploring in this wild place to find more sites to paint. Stay tuned!
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