Just a few hundred years ago this part of North America was completely unknown to Europeans. What is now generally referred to as “The Southwest” was just a big blank patch within an incomplete outline of the coast of a “new” continent. Very tough explorers, nearly all Spanish, spied some places which were simply beyond belief (or nearly so) to them and to the monarchs they reported to… In ways both good and bad.
Sevier Lake (pronounced “severe”) is a big “dry lake” in central Utah, typically having no water at all and being a expanse of very salty mud. The harshness of The Great Basin ensured that it was the last major geographic region in sub-arctic North America to be entered and explored. The first historical sighting of Sevier Lake didn’t occur until the 1776 (!) Dominguez-Escalante expidition! Abrief history of the lake can be found here.
Sevier Lake seen from the south
It has a very interesting shape, both unique and nondescript at the same time, and lends itself to a simple and deliberate composition.
As is becoming my normal approach, by using various “interference paints” in varying ways, many of the colors shift as lighting and viewing angle shift.
by placing the thick “gallery wrap” canvas in a “floater frame” designed for thinner pieces,
an almost-sculptural effect has been achieved, a tribute to the “not-quite-right” geography there.
the ever-pleasant weather and almost Utopian charm of southernmost California’s shoreline must have shocked the Spaniards as well, but in a most pleasant way. (A short history of the island can be found here.) The dreamy qualities that made most of The Channel Islands an obvious choice for a National Park make Santa Catalina Island a prime getaway destination. My fascination with the islands led me to paint the isles of the National Park a while back, and I decided to paint Catalina in an entirely different way.
The island as a leaf…
… some sort of green-leafed flower floating in space…
Again, different lighting and viewing angles make a difference, though only on the outer part of this piece.
Both paintings are 24″x18″ (or 18″x24″ because neither has a true orientation) and both are available in the
QUASIMAPS gallery of jfwoa.com .
HAPPY EASTER! (Or any other reason you want to celebrate life!)