Desert Morning, 9 x 12, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2014
Big Bend, Texas
I just returned from a painting trip to Big Bend. For those of you who haven't been, this is the wild, wild west of Texas - but on the southern border, down by Mexico. If you read the book, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (or saw the movie) you've got a picture. It's a stark and harsh landscape with a beauty all its own. This particular morning dawned with bright light and long shadows, and the desert floor seemed to sparkle. Finding a spot to paint was as easy as pulling over to the side of the road.
For those who have been, this is the Burro Mesa Pouroff with Santa Elena Canyon in the far distance.