Monday, April 14, 2008

Joshua Tree

I had no idea what to expect but a couple of nights camping at Joshua Tree National Monument and my perception of the dessert landscape has changed forever. Why didn't anybody tell me about this place years ago!!! We had some fantastic hikes with awesome payoffs, experienced an explosion of color in the spring dessert, tromped through some completely surreal landscapes, listened to the coyotes howl at the moon, and stayed up late just to stargaze. I can't go back there soon enough.

Here are some of the sketches from the trip. I couldn't paint at the "magic" hour so all the lighting was fairly flat. I decided to approach it with a different perspective and paint more of how i feel about what I'm seeing.

Spring colors and Joshua Trees.



Hidden Valley...a view of the actual valley after scrambling to the top of some of the rocks.



rockclimber.




on the trail.




dust.

16 comments:

Dorota said...

I absolutely love this style . Reminds me of stained glass windows with the beautiful light shining through it.
Amazing!!!

Larry said...

Nice stuff, bro.

Kelvin said...

you are a badASS.......awesome work

shawnee said...

I love the design work in this. You really captured the feel of the place! its pretty close to our house. Stop by next time!

Tanner said...

Gorgeous as always Rich! Wish I could've been there. Are you sure you're not making everything look better than it actually is in your paintings like Ron Velasco does with chicks? =)

Dwight said...

These are awesome landscapes!

olga m said...

In my photo journal I have a whole series of pictures from Joshua Tree. I discovered it recently also. 'Glad you had a lot of fun there too. I am going back there for sure.
http://photo-huntress.livejournal.com/11730.html#cutid1
http://photo-huntress.livejournal.com/12505.html#cutid1
Did you get to see a big stone butt?

Guhn said...

See Please Here

Ry's Photo Blog said...

Great technique on those rocks Rich....really nice.

Dan Thompson said...

these are very nice.

Craig Mackay said...

Beautiful color + beautiful line work. Great job!

Vince M. said...

These are gorgeous, Rich. Very different. I love 'em!

richtuzon said...

Thanks, ya'll!

April Ann Torres said...

Hi Rich, these are so wonderful to look at, you really have a beautiful vision of the park, thank you for posting these!

Leeanna Butcher said...

Rich,

These are great- i love the light/shadow effects and how "designy" they are!

Anonymous said...

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