There is something about the way foothills and mountains look when they are backlit by a good sunset. I've tried painting them multiple times and just haven't been able to pull off my vision. Now that I'm exploring mixed media, I tried something different that came out exactly the way I'd hoped after an inspiring weekend in Joshua Tree.
I took this source photo of sunset in Joshua Tree, put it in 8 x 10, freehand watercolored an 8 x 10 piece of paper using what I assessed were the appropriate daylight colors for the landscape, shaded that in with charcoal, and Krylon'd the whole thing. Then came the tedious part. I traced each section of the design, relying heavily on my source photo, and chose translucent mulberry decor papers to perform the appropriate role in the appropriate space. (Fun Fact: You can get multi-packs of clippings of these fancy papers for about $3 at Blick stores.) I didn't try to match each color exactly, but I tried to ensure that the colors I chose performed the essence of what I experienced while immersed in all that blue dusk. I'm ordering prints, and they'll be for sale soon!