I figured I better get cracking with the brush before aged decrepitude sets in, so treated myself to a long day of painting yesterday to complete this little detour from work on my 4th WBHD painting. This watercolor is from a scene in my favorite hidden canyon in the Robledos Mountains. It is less than 15 minutes drive to start of the hike, but a healthy haul to make it up all the waterfall ledges, well into mountain lion/puma/cougar country. These particular juniper pines (I think it is a “one-seed juniper” make all sorts of fantastic twists and turns of their branched trunks, limbs, and roots as they optimize their growth in the harsh environment, particularly if on a cliff ledge like this old, dead matriarch.
Here’s the full view of the tree. You can see I take artistic liberty with the cliff, etc. but my colors are actually relatively true. The harsh light blanches out the color in most mid-day photos. I do most of my coloration and light from memory, using the images as a general reference only.
Here’s a shot of my favorite part of the canyon itself, a little further downstream from my painting location, with yet another juniper wedged in the rock and surviving off the occasional stream flow. Another painting to come?