Works of Art

From Ben’s Journal

Jefferson River (Hell’s Canyon Access), Montana

noon – 5PM
48 degrees
36 x 48 inches acrylic on polycarbonate

A green tinge to the water exemplified the slight runoff with the warm weather signifying the upcoming spring season. There is a dominant orange color of the rocks to the river’s bottom. Balance to the artwork is imperative while looking across the water to the other bank as the current was smooth and flowing deep. There is a hard gold color reflected off the grass on the opposite bank with a touch of blue from the sky. Burnt sienna mixed with other colors made for a warm painting that bracketed the rhythm of spectrum in the river’s mood of colors. The sun was warm enough to dry the paint and didn’t require propane to be the external heat. The winter months are later this year in Montana than last and restricted access further upstream. The opaque white really popped the contrast and gravity of color that represents the sediment of the river’s base.

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