an original Lindy Cook Severns landscape painting
Southern Colorado | Rio Grande | Summer | Mountain Wildflowers | Nature Art | Rocky Mountain Landscapes
HIGH SUMMER ON THE RIO GRANDE
9" x 12" pastel study on archival paper
Thunderstorms loom over snow-capped Rio Grande peak near Creede, Colorado as the Big River flows through wildflower strewn Rocky Mountain meadows near its headwaters... One of our longtime favorite camping and hiking and canoeing spots!
In painting this high country landscape, I concentrated on using color to pull the viewer toward the distant mountains in an "S" pattern that begins with the bank of yellow flowers in the foreground, then gradually moves up the winding river. The composition and subsequent movement was more important to me than rendering detail, which might've been distracting in this small original.
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