Guess I took the scenic route to get to my final Sedona painting.
This 16" x 20" acrylic on canvas started out textural, with a rainbow of brushed muted red rock colors and cactus.
Started to feel the need to intensify some of the color to connect with the energy of the land that just seems to envelop you.
And then, I was hooked on wanting to include the magnificent and striking Chapel Of The Holy Cross, designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1957.
And so, with that completed, here's the finished painting.
I used part of a leather book cover to create the body of the cactus tree below and incorporated turquoise stones and pieces of clay rock for depth, richness and color.
In addition to using a palette knife, tissue paper and gesso were used for the deep layers within the mountainous terrain.
What can you do to adorn your days with fancy extra touches for sparkle and pizazz- to add that special something out of the ordinary to result in something extraordinary?