“Aspens along the Forest Road”
(San Juan Mountains, Colorado Rockies)
Oil Sketch on Ampersand Gesso Panel
4” x 6”
The next day on the Sunday, October 6th, 2013, I drove up to altitude to the Powderhorn Lakes Trailhead. On the way back down I explored a couple of side roads and in the afternoon decided to have a go at the Aspens with paint. The Aspens seem to be a bit yellower than the more orange Cottonwoods, and there were more brushes of an almost Spring-green on most of the trees. This contrasted nicely with the grey-green of the sagebrush in the foreground, as well as the pines, mostly in shadow behind them. A slightly warmer night last night, and warming up easily in the Sunlight, even though the temperatures would have felt chill in the dampness of say Cornwall in England, where I lived for many years, or west of the Cascade Range in Oregon, where I’ve resided for the past ten years. It is so nice to experience a dry cold again like in my youth.
Pigments used were: Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow & Cadmium Yellow Pale, Venetian Red, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, a bit of Cerulean, a little Sap Green (Permanent), Cremnitz and Titanium Whites; all from Winsor & Newton except for the Sap Green which I believe was either M. Graham or Gamblin (sorry, but my colour box is out in my truck).