5.5" x 10.5" pastel study

on archival paper

©Lindy Cook Severns



A desert sunset to remember, from Terlingua, Texas.


I used a limited palette and worked very rapidly to capture this sky's magnificent color.  This is my pastel rendering of an actual sunset ~ they really are this colorful in the desert!


We spend several weeks in and around Big Bend National Park each winter. On this fine night, we sipped wine outside our RV and watched the sun do the special things the sun does to ready the desert for the night. I didn't want to get involved in detail in this small skyscape; I simply wanted to put the colors I saw onto canvas.  The interwoven clouds and floating wisps moving across the stratus layers made a stunning composition to anchor my sky to the mountains.


A "study" is a simpler, more rapidly executed artwork than a polished painting. No complex underpainting here, no fine detail on this small canvas. I devoted all my energy to color and shape.  Studies like this one are fresh, lively pieces of fine art that convey the artists' gut response to an experience ~ in my case, that was WOW.


Fort Davis, Texas



Big Bend Artist

Old Spanish Trail Studio

Big Bend Artist Lindy Cook Severns, a seventh generation Texan,  paints real places in the wild American west, the high desert ranch lands of Far West Texas and Big Bend country.  Lindy's paintings hang in most every state in the USA, and in collections in England, Australia, Germany and Canada.  The pastel landscape artist | oil painter is among 35 artists selected for inclusion in the definitive book TEXAS TRADITIONS, CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS OF THE LONE STAR STATE, Michael Duty and Susan Hallsten McGarry, 2010.

Featured in the national 2016 PBS documentary WESTERN PERSPECTIVE, the southwest landscape painter lives on a working ranch in the Davis Mountains near Ft Davis and Marfa with husband Jim, a stubbornly affectionate rescued terrier and a cranky African Grey parrot who passionately loves art.  Her studio sits across the road from Old Spanish Trail Gallery and Museum, where Lindy is the Artist-In-Residence.

Lindy Cook Severns  Art   |     Old Spanish Trail Studio     |    PO Box  2167    |    401 Crow's Nest Road    |    Fort Davis, TX    |     79734 
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All images © 2020 by Lindy Cook Severns.        Lindy's artwork has been formatted for online viewing, and sharing these low resolution images on social media  is permitted,  Written permission is required for commercial use of any images..