Joshua Tree Painting

We have been lounging around the resort, taking morning walks, reading, playing ukulele and painting. I’ve also been working on developing some jazz chord progressions for Home Cookin’, the duo I’m in with Julie Jacobs.

Today I’m posting a brief description of the development of my latest painting. It began with trips to Joshua Tree National Park. These magnificent plants would be unique in any environment, but in the stark high desert they shine. Another astounding feature in the park are the rock formations. I decided to capture both in one painting.

First came some sketches to try to decide on composition and values. Here are two I did in preparing for this painting.

The next steps are drawing on the canvas with minimal paint and lines to indicate shapes and placement. I used an 11×14 canvas board and burnt umber paint. These are water soluble oil paints. After that sketch I then scrubbed in some minimal colors to indicate values and create a tone on the canvas. These are scumbled so thin as to be semitransparent. I used a little heavier paint on my point of interest – the Joshua Tree!

The final phases are coloring and finishing. Here is the final product.

About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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4 Responses to Joshua Tree Painting

  1. Chris McCabe says:

    My favorite work of yours so far.

  2. Jean-Paul Dumont says:

    I always knew you had some didactic talent! I like the progression and the way you phrase it all.
    Wonderful! I have only to hope that your musical practice advances as smoothly. I am already looking forward to your next posting. Thank you and enjoy.

  3. Beeki says:

    The pictures progress like the painting… and somewhat like what you painted.
    Thanks.

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