Our next paint-out was to White Sands National Monument, about an hour from Las Cruces. Adrienne was already familiar with these spectacular white, gypsum crystal sand dunes from WBHD 1 visit. We had a rare day of overcast, but that made painting easier and gave a completely different feel to the landscape. Here are some pix to complement those Adrienne posted earlier.
My subject was a line of dunes that mirrored the distant mountain chain silhouette. The resulting watercolor sketch is titled “White Sands Overcast,” 11″ W x 8″ H, on Strathmore 400 series paper. Here are shots of how it looked before we broke off for our picnic and G&T’s, and in final form after more polishing in the studio the next day.
We got so lucky to have a small break in the clouds on the horizon as the sun set, giving us these lovely views. I also love White Sands after sunset, with such a range of subtle hues on the dunes and mountains.