Rattlesnake Badlands. Oil on Canvas. 22 x 36.
I was in such a mad dash last week to get paintings done to hang in Friday's show that this is the first one completed since then! Rattlesnake Mountain is an arid area of badlands, with channelled scabland carved out by massive floods. I knew that, about the channelled scabland, since my husband is a geologist (see his blog, Reading the Washington Landscape, here) but until I painted this I never really saw it. Through the layers of glaze, the painting seems to have exaggerated the carved plateaus and the former flood valley below. Which goes to show: exaggeration reveals truth.
And yay! June 6th marked the 1 year anniversary of my blog. Here's my maiden post. My first comment welcoming me to the world of art blogging was Casey Klahn! He's a pastel artist and one of the most generous artists around. You can see his incredible work on his blog here. I still remember what a thrill that was to get that first comment - it was encouraging. My second post was of a painting of a white peony and my daughter - who quickly snapped up that painting - provided a lovely comment.
At first my blog was called 100 Paintings but it took just a couple of months to pass that goal. I think it will be a couple more years before I change the title to 1,000's of paintings. But that time will come.