Blue Butte Process
December 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
Often, when I am conjuring imagery for an artwork, I will see small flashes of compositions, which I quickly sketch out. For this piece, I saw a steep mountain of rock shaped like the iconic Mittens Buttes, with stars behind it. Pictured below is the original thumbnail drawing from my sketchbook.
From this small thumbnail composition, I found a photograph of the butte icon that closely resembled what I wanted in my image, and then used photoshop to make a color study mock-up before I began the final watercolor painting. Drawing digitally allows me to try different colors and compositions to see which resonates the most.
The morning I finished this piece was coincidentally the culmination of a week of torrential rain in Mae Sot, Thailand, where we were living. That same morning, unbeknownst to us, the Thai authorities opened the reservoir floodgates, which resulted in overflowing the nearby canal and flooding our neighborhood.
My partner Elizabeth and I packed out everything we needed to keep dry in our backpacks, and stayed in a guesthouse until it was safe to return to our home. Here is a photo of the artwork with a view from our guesthouse of the the abandoned, burned out theater next door.
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