Tuesday, June 18, 2013

White House Ruins VIII

1.107 White House Ruins VIII. I've been trying for years to simplify this scene without losing the sense of scale between the houses and the cliff face. I've used extreme detail that distracted from the sense that the houses a fitted to the cliff face and I've painted a blocky trichrome abstraction that flattened the scene and made for a confused perspective. Here I think I've come the closest of all of my eight attempts to capturing what it is that draws me to this subject. The deep gouge in the cliff that swallows up the houses in shadow and then extends upward narrowing to a crack between two sandstone faces that seem to be pressed together to shelter the anasazi that lived in these now ruined houses. 

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