This particular piece stood out from the other charcoal/pastel studies because it featured the color blue. Once again, living in the desert has had a profound influence on the artist. The sky changes colors throughout the day—in the morning, the sky is bright and crisp. During the day, at the sun’s peak, the sky looks washed out, leaving a very hazy, light blue. In the evening, right before dusk, the sky turns a deep blue with streaks of yellow, orange, pink, purple, and red.
Pastel: Blue and Yellow is also our first successful attempt at digitizing analog art. This was made/drawn/created last summer with pastels on non-archival paper (on newsprint, actually). So by digitizing the art and reproducing it on acid-free paper with archival inks, it will last much, much, much longer!
Some great color combinations are growing right next to each other, right up the hill. I like taking pictures of the Barrel Cactus (below), and the Indigo Bush (above). So I says to myself ‘Why not take a picture of both?’, and voila!
We finally got it (Indigo Bush) right! Karla picked the flower she wanted to see, and we worked together to get it perfect. For shots like these, we agree that a macro rail would be handy… And add a few pounds of camera gear. Oi….
The light was incredible this morning, but that didn’t stop me from getting frustrated with the wind (a noble pursuit). I think before sunrise is good for pictures. After sunrise is good for video, especially if the flowers are small and moving too much for the macro lens.
We were able to get some decent shots after sunrise on stalks that were a little sturdier. The sunrise itself was an almost spiritual event; the warmth of the sun, then the gentle breeze rolling up the hill, that set all these little flower spirits to dance.