Saturday, October 2, 2010

West Mesa Rainbow

"At Rainbow's End" was the working title I had for this painting. The scene on which it is based was not of your garden variety rainbow. This rainbow, observed on the West Mesa of Albuquerque, was veiled in a misty, golden glow that lit up the sky and grew more intense as the sun inched toward the horizon. Transferring the visual effect and emotional experience onto canvas was a challenge, and I pushed some color contrasts to accentuate the effect. Not wanting to lose sight of the fact that the painting is based on a real experience, I changed the title to a named place. I hope I was successful in conveying some of what I saw and felt that evening.