Ken Chapin:  Plein Air & Impressionist Paintings
Clouds over Pedernal
Oil on Canvas
16x20 inches
Studio Painting

UNFRAMED

I have returned to the Chama River valley in northern New Mexico many times and have never been disappointed with its stunning beauty. I experienced a dramatic flash flood that suddenly appeared under sunlit conditions. The rain had been previously dropped from these clouds in distant mountains, and rushed by in an arroyo below me as I took the photos this painting is based on. The contrasts of arid land, pregnant clouds, warm oranges, and cool blues are unified in an envelope of clear, intense light.

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