Wednesday, March 23, 2011


"Burnscape w/ Staircase"   SOLD
watercolor on paper, 2009
9" x 12" (22.86cm x 30.48cm)

This watercolor is from my Burnscape series. Living in southern California and seeing so many wildfires it would be easy to focus on the destruction. My attraction for the burned landscape isn't for it's destruction but instead how it modifies the landscape, turning it into a charcoal terrain... it is rebirth, the stripping away of old layers for a fresh start, the way Mother Nature intended.

Here it exposes a long staircase previously hidden by years of growth, like a bony spine down the hillside. The only life is the green vegetation capping off the top of the hill, protecting the unseen home from being lost.103

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  1. a lovely painting David... very atmospheric!

  2. Thanks rahina,
    This one was done for 'myself' really, a study, a practice piece, with no intention of offering it for sale. But when someone shows an interest I will usually let them have it.