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Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper - 20" x 26"

A long time ago I visited Bandolier National Monument in New Mexico, and took a long hike back along the creek. On the other side of the creek was a steep canyon wall, primarily made up of reddish-pink rocks. The afternoon sun shone directly on the pink rocks and flooded the canyon with the most sublime pink-orange light. I was also treated with finding a large grove of wild bamboo plants in one area of the creek. Bandolier National Monument is a very beautiful park and well worth the drive to visit it.

The painting is one that is almost solely based on the shape of the circle. Most of my paintings are oriented toward polygons - rectangles or squares. But I decided to try my hand at circular designs and found it to be remarkably easy. The only tool I use to paint my paints (other than paintbrushes) is a ruler. I never have used any kind of drawing compass or triangle.

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