Desert Sunset

  • Oil and Cold Wax on Cradled Wood Panel
  • 18 x 12 x 2 in
  • Georgia Gibbs

This piece, ‘Desert Sunset’ comes from remembered experience living in the high desert. Those times opened me to the wild beauty of the southwestern United States. Everything is intensified; colors gain a degree of clarity and sharpness not seen in the coastal areas to the west where I grew up and live now.

The land, heat, and desert color each play a role in this piece.Layering oils mixed with cold wax and using zip lines for added texture, this piece plays with subtle gradients and hard tonal shifts. This creates a tension to keep the eye moving around the surface.

Cold wax also gives me the ability to play with texture and there is a visual ‘tactile’ quality to the work. The surface of this piece is a mixture of matt areas with a light texture to smooth areas with a satin sheen. Areas with this finish have been burnished and buffed out with a soft cloth.

  • Subject Matter: Abstract
  • Created: September 01, 2014
  • Collections: Oil and Cold Wax
Desert Sunset
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