Primarily palette knife after a wash-in. The color was pushed a bit. Diablo Canyon is often a range of grey only. So this painting is more reminiscent of Sedon's cliffs. But Iw assented to paint again this favorite venue near my home in Santa Fe.
Whenever I visit Ghost Ranch I try to view the sunrise from the other side of the Chimney Rocks. The moment the sun steams through the chimneys is magical. I can see why the original inhabitants of New Mexico called this, "Shining Rocks". Divine proportion (approximately 1.61.....) since 19/12 = 1.58333......
Based on the Plein Air piece of the same name. Palette knife primarily.. As I painted this I was remembering the babble of the rushing creek/river while analyzing the turbulent flow. Turbulence is a favorite topic of Mathematicians, whether in air or water.
I've painted this a few times "en plein air" when the Madera Creek overflows and creates a nice foreground for this special Arizona Sycamore Tree setting. This was painted in the studio based on the plein air studies and photos. I intend to paint at this location many times.
"En plein air" about 12 miles out on Monastery Road near Ghost Ranch. Monastery Road is a rough single-lane dirt road but recently upgraded somewhat with fewer ruts and more turn-offs for passing vehicles. Inquiries: email@example.com.
For painters: Initial block-in with brush. Then palette knife. Water-mixable oils. Standard somewhat limited palette colors: (cobra primarily) cad lemon, cad yellow medium, cad orange (Utrecht), vermillion (to replace cad orange), madder lake (in place of alizarin crimson), yellow ochre, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, viridian, sap green and titanium white. Trying to see if I can remove the cad orange and use the vermillion only. Mixed 'blacks' and 'grays' from a mix of the ultramarine blue and orange or (cooler) from a mix of alizarin crimson and viridian. Also darks mixed from sap green and burnt sienna. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.