Sycamores and Sand

Sycamores and Sand – 5 x 7 acrylic on canvas on board
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Colors are strongest at sunset and dawn. In this miniature painting of a winter sunrise, the dawn touches wildflowers and clinging sycamore leaves and makes them shimmer. The location is near Palm Springs in one of the canyons where water and plant life are abundant.


  1. Bec
    February 13, 2008

    Your colors are very bright and clear. I love the rocks and how the light shines on them.

  2. Bill
    February 13, 2008

    As always, nice aspects to what you’ve done.
    Including the combination of color temperatures.
    But the color harmony is, perhaps, best, particularly strong.
    Also, I like the Fall colors, a bit of an intensity tightrope.

  3. Karen
    February 13, 2008

    Thanks Bill, the reference is in fact from January a year ago, so pretty much the same time of year – the last bits of leaves hanging on the sycamores, while winter rains are greening up the brush. I’m going to do some more like these with different subject matter, just for fun.

  4. Nancy
    February 14, 2008

    I really enjoy how you have captured the light in this one. Very nice.

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