I ventured out to a unique and mysterious place in Albuquerque called “The Petroglyphs”. It a bunch of black lava rock and some of these rocks have carvings of images done by natives a long time ago. It’s also a beautiful spot to paint, especially since it was a balmy 72 and sunny, so I had to be out today.
I usually walk down a desert trail then venture off away from any onlookers, as I wanted this to be a private moment between nature and myself. Nothing wrong with that, but I like my solitude when I paint.
Of course there were glitches in my plan. When I opened my french easel, it seems that I forgot to stick a red. All I had was some blue and yellows and a white. So that’s what I used for this painting. A Phthalo blue, which is a very intense blue. Could be used for a tropical ocean or a turquoise color when mixed with a little yellow. And I also had two yellows, a lemon yellow and cadmium med. yellow. Warm and cool. I never used a palette without a red, so I took it as a challenge. The show must go on. I felt like experimenting with all the green and blue possibilities. Time stood still as I began to bond with my scene.
After 20 minutes, it was all done.
But I might go back and put some red back later, who knows.
I love how the sky turned out, but I felt there wasn’t much I could do with the values, it seems my range was limited with the colors in front of me. In the end it may be more of an abstract painting.
But I don’t care.
I did some work today.
Just showing up I felt I won half the battle
And I understood why I enjoy being a painter. I’ve got to get some kind of recorder to get my thoughts right then and there. Boy that would help!