High Desert Heat 9×12 Oil

High Desert Heat 9x12 Oil

High Desert Heat 9x12 Oil

The high desert of New Mexico sits at around 7000 feet in elevation.  Although that’s only a little over a mile above sea level, the sun often feels so intense that you think you might be a good deal closer to the sun than that, maybe somewhere near the orbit of Mercury. This is an abandoned ranch in the high desert.  I love the hot colors the sun creates.

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High Desert Lake 9×12 Oil

High Desert Lake 9x12 Oil

High Desert Lake 9x12 Oil

I’ve always thought of New Mexico as a lush state filled with lakes and streams.  Oh, did you think it was all desert?  Not true, especially at 7000 feet, which includes most of the state north of Interstate 40.  Here is a lake near Ramah, New Mexico.  There’s a nice trail that, when the water is low, that allows you to circumnavigate the lake under these “wedding cake” cliffs.

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Creek Rock I 5×7 Oil

Creek Rock I 5x7 Oil

Creek Rock I 5x7 Oil

This was painted along Spring Creek.  Winter has passed, and the snows at higher elevations have melted away, leaving a quiet, clear creek.  I love these quiet moments when you can see the creek bottom, glowing.

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Creek Rock II 5×7 Oil

Creek Rock II 5x7 Oil

Creek Rock II 5x7 Oil

I live at the confluence of two creeks, Oak and Spring.  Unusual for Arizona, these are perennial; that is, they run year-round.  They are a pleasure to walk along and to paint.  They are filled with wildlife.  Herons, turtles, river otters–we’ve got it all.  And depending on time of year, the water varies in flow and depth.  In monsoon season with heavy rains or in springtime with snows melting at higher elevations, the water rushes brown and madly; in drier times of year, when the creeks get lower and lower, the water runs clear and briliant.  Every day is different along the creek.

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West of Sail Rock 9×12 Oil

West of Sail Rock 9x12 oil

West of Sail Rock 9x12 oil

I’ve already written about Sail Rock and its magnificent shadow in a previous post.  Once the morning sun has slimmed down the shadows, the rocks north of uptown Sedona, Arizona, are in very flat light.  All that remains are thin, crisp shadows.  A challenge to paint, but they really reveal the nature of these rocks.

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