Spanish Skirts

Mixed Media, July 2008
Original. 52 x 68″

During my time in college, I enrolled in a plein-air painting class and eagerly purchased a new sketchpad to explore the world of chalk pastel drawings. As I ventured into Palo Duro Canyon, I was captivated by the enchanting transition of light and shadow, witnessing the moon’s shade give way to the sun’s warm embrace. Throughout the first week of class, our focus centered on the striking “Spanish Skirts” rock formations, providing me with a front-row seat to witness the transformative effects of rain and thunderstorms on the vibrant red and orange geological patterns.

In this image, my aim was to convey the captivating rainbow patterns that grace certain sections of Palo Duro Canyon. As the week drew to a close, rainclouds rolled in, showering the landscape and leaving only a few salvageable pages in my rain-soaked sketchpad. Embracing this serendipitous event, I blended water illustrations with the remnants of my pastel drawing, symbolizing the deluge that engulfed the canyon and reflecting the dynamic interplay between water and the creation of art.

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