Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cool Afternoon


I hope you sense the cool breeze blowing across the high plains, looking toward the distant volcanoes on Albuquerque's west side.


Painted in gouache on Arches 300 C/P, 2.5" x 3.5".  

~Deborah

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Anvil


We've had such beautiful anvil clouds forming around here lately that I just had to paint this one. The photograph was taken by my friend Geraldine Garcia, and I stayed fairly true to the cloud but changed the foreground design. I wanted the bushes to form an oval to carry your eye around and back to that spectacular cloud! Hope it worked.


Painted in gouache on Bristol vellum, 2.5" x 3.5".  

~Deborah

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Plane Cloud


This piece is on Pastelmat, which is soft and absorbent and slightly fuzzy. The gouache soaks into the wet fibers and spreads out, sometimes alarmingly independent of my control. But once the first layer dries, the stiff fibers take on a lovely texture and accept lush brush strokes or dry brush treatment well. I find I can tame the accidents, add a certain amount of detail, and add gestural bits that please me.


Painted in gouache on Pastelmat, 2.5" x 3.5".  
I'm happy with the foreground plane here, as I like the complex and subtle colors. How do you describe a purple green? But that's what it is. Of course, the looming purple cloud sets the mood and tone. 

~Deborah



Friday, August 2, 2013

Summer Desert


A friend shared this photo with me (thanks Geraldine!) I reinterpreted it a bit. I love the here-and-there subject matter, the soft cloud and sharp cactus reaching out in opposition to one another. It's so typical of New Mexico in July: hot and dry, with the promise of cool rain to come.

Painted in gouache on Bristol vellum, 2.5" x 3.5".  

~Deborah

Friday, July 5, 2013

Summer Corner


I have a whole series of little wild garden spots like this one. I especially enjoy the way the flowers disappear into the distance, dancing up the hillside. 

Painted in gouache on Bristol vellum, 2.5" x 3.5".  

~Deborah

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Along the Creek


I just wanted to paint a little water. It's been so dry here that it's scary. The fun of this one was to capture that lush growth, the sparkling light, and the highlight of the stream. Refreshing to paint. (And it rained here last night--finally!)


Painted in gouache on Bristol vellum, 2.5" x 3.5".

~Deborah

7/6 Edited the photograph, which as too light, lacking contrast! 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Froth


The colors of rocks intrigues me, especially comparing the dry ones to those submerged. I like the suggestion of rocks beneath the frothing foam in this one. The canvas texture makes it look like a miniature oil painting.

Painted in gouache on Canvas Paper, 2.5" x 3.5".


~Deborah