20" x 30" pastel
on archival sanded paper
© Lindy Cook Severns
custom, conservation framed*
under non-reflective museum glass
Bee Mountain is a Terlingua, Texas landmark.
Cracked earth walls meader along this arroyo beneath the rugged mountain at Study Butte, where early morning light paints desert and mountain in the soft colors of sherbet. This rugged draw runs outside Big Bend National Park in the wild West Texas borderlands. It's a favorite hiking area of ours in the winter, when the color changes as the sun wakes the desert, revealing small surprises -- a tiny flower, a bone, a cluster of cactus tucked into sheltered cracks in the hard packed earth.
Painting this daybreak glimpse of Bee was a challenge, because I had to constantly fight my impulse to render it less gently, as it more often appears. The transient light of dawn made it shimmer though, as if it had never be baked by desert heat, never dessicated by desert winds.
Enter this painting and feel a special moment of peace.
*framed outer dimensions:
28" x 38" x 3"
OLD SPANISH TRAIL STUDIO
Fort Davis, Texas
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DESERT WAKING 20" x 30" pastel © Lindy Cook Severns. Framed in ochre heavily distressed burled wood under non-reflective museum glass for generations of viewing pleasure.