This piece is crazy busy but I do love it. I made it in an original homestead cabin in Joshua Tree, from photos I took in 100 degree heat earlier in the day. The only issue is the mulberry paper I used for the collage is so light it adds depth but it's tough to see! Darnit, I'll have to keep working with this subject matter.
Texture. I was inspired by the endless landscape of spaced trees that you can see from a slightly elevated vantage point in the park.
Color. The vibrancy of this natural landscape, despite the heat, was inspiring. I layered a cropped version of this landscape loosely interpreted with watercolors.
Collage. I like working with overexposures for these mixed media pieces, because they distill the image well. It gives me a clear idea of how my composition will work for the collage portion, and I have them printed onto photo paper so that I can trace the original image. Yes, this is in the piece, but the mulberry paper I used is quite transparent. So, it adds a nice depth but it's less of a compositional element that I had initially thought. I still think it perfectly embodies the desert in all its spirit, though.
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