Lest anyone think that in the recent rush of photography and video from the Florida Keys I forgot about posting one of my paintings to keep everything balanced… here you go – a watercolor of the American West. More specifically, the valley leading down from Ophir Pass in southwest Colorado, just south of the posh ski town of Telluride. This is a studio painting I created from a panorama of four images I captured many years ago as we were hiking around Ophir Pass and taking in the magnificent sights.
Southwestern Colorado remains one of my favorite places to visit for the ruggedness and spectacular views.
Painting info: The view down Ophir Valley Near the summit of Ophir Pass Ophir, Colorado April 2019 Schmincke Horadam Aquarell watercolors Fluid 100 100% cotton 140 lb cold press paper 4”x6”
Photo info: The view down Ophir Valley Near the summit of Ophir Pass Ophir, Colorado July 2004 Canon PowerShot G3 digicam
Creating different iterations of this image has become a thing for me. I have painted variations of this same image of a sunflower repeatedly for friends when a close family member dies, as the cover of a custom-made sympathy card that I create for them. This specific painting (above) I finished a couple of days ago, for a friend whose mother died last week. I’ve done this several times over the past few years now, and – sadly – I’m getting better at it.
Why a sunflower? I want something that’s bright and not down, something that can lift someone’s spirits and not be trite, something that won’t intrude, something that can be beautiful and hopefully impart a sense of peace.