Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Riparian Respite



For a larger view, please click on image. 18 X 24 oil on canvas.

Here is another piece for the consideration of the Sonoran Desert Museum. I have been involved in an ongoing project for conservation of endangered plants and places. This is a fall scene from the San Pedro Riparian area. Places like this have been disappearing because of the increasing demand for water in urban and agricultural areas. In my exploration of this area it was easy to see the impact of drought. The cottonwood trees were about half dead and the river could hardly be called a trickle. The Museum wanted to document these places so at least there would be a memory left since there are no easy answers.

5 comments:

Joe Kazimierczyk said...

It's sad to hear about the environmental problem, but boy that's a nice painting! Great job in painting the transparent / reflective water - that's tough to do, and you did it nicely.

Michael Pieczonka said...

Les, nice painting... too bad about the state of the environment around you though! Sounds like you are doing your part in documenting nature and your area. I like your tonal layout in this painting and the way my eye is directed to the reflecting sky in the river.. well done!

Mike

The Epiphany Artist said...

beautiful work

les lull said...

Thanks Joe. Hopefully a little awareness can make a difference in the outcome of places like this. thanks for the comment on the water.

les lull said...

Thanks Skip. This painting was definately a challenge. I am pleased it reads well for you.