“Colors of the Palouse.” Inspired by Commentariat member FishOrMan — though it’s most likely not what he had in mind.
Pastel on terra cotta colored board with a thin acrylic underpainting. As with everything else I’m doing right now, this is a small, fairly quick study. About three hours for this one, I think, though I lost track of time.
Here’s the underpainting, which I thought was pleasant in itself because of those swoopy rhythms.
The Palouse is a region shared by southeast Washington and southwest Idaho. It’s a very complicated place. Basically it’s sand dunes — only not made of sand. The hills fall into extremely complex patterns, which are rendered even more complex, visually, by extensive agriculture. So you have these endless dunes crossed with endless fields of wheat, rapeseed, and the like, all different colors at different seasons. Then you have amazing shadows and colors at dawn and sunset. Very beautiful. Natural abstract art created by nature and man. An artist could probably spend a lifetime painting or photographing nothing but the Palouse and never get either bored or boring.
The Palouse is also where those spotty horses come from, the creation of the Nez Perce tribe, master horse breeders.