We have driven by No Name, Colorado, countless times and have never stopped before. With the changing autumn colors at their peak, this rest area, exit 119 on I-70, made an unforgettable first impression. When I looked up at its dramatic canyon walls, I felt like I was standing in one of the great cathedrals of Europe.
20 x 20", Oil on canvas
Rita Salazar Dickerson (c) 2014
|Stages 1 and 2: Sketching in the composition and then painting in the background trees. I used a thin wash made up of Burnt Umber and mineral spirits to brush in my sketch.|
|Stage 3: Blocking in the middle ground.|
|Stage 4: Painting the trees and foliage.|
|...I continued the canyon walls with an underpainting by blocking in the different shapes and colors that I saw.|
|Stage 6: Completing the painting. Using a brush and palette knife while the underpainting was still wet, I applied the second layer of paint focusing on color and texture.|