• AUTUMN COLOR, WEST TEXAS STYLE original pastel painting

    fall color in the Texas desert

    Original Lindy Cook Severns pastel landscape painting



    9" x 12" art

    soft pastels on archival paper

    framed under UV protective acrylic*





    Iron Mountain backdrops Marathon, Texas, the gateway to Big Bend National Park.


    After the scorching heat of a West Texas summer, autumn brings soft color back to the desert. It's as if even the cactus relaxes to enjoy shorter days and cooler weather.

    Tiny Marathon, Texas is, at first glance, a stark spot in the desert outside Big Bend National Park. Not much, as towns go. But the majestic light of the Chihuahuan Desert light regularly dresses up the tiny community, especially in the fall, when the low sun brings soft color to a harsh land. In this landscape, early morning light gives the sharp tips of bear grass and yucca a frosting of gold.

    The way the sun backlit this foliage reminded me of changing leaves in places less harsh, yet no more beautiful than the Chihuahuan Desert. West Texas has its own color scheme for autumn, and Iron Mountain plays along by shimmering in violet, blue and magenta to match the rocky ground below. 
    I painted this in my studio after spending a week in Marathon and traveling around Far West Texas. Finding inspiration was easy in this magnificent high desert near Alpine. And Jim enjoyed eating bison burgers and fries at the White Buffalo Bar in the Gage Hotel after each long day of driving, hiking and photographing.


    *outer dimensions framed :

    15" x 18" x 2"

    • Framed Under Museum Acrylic

      Shatter-resistant UV-protective fine art acrylic glazing protects your art from wicked environmental ravages. Acrylic glazing is lighter and significantly more economical than museum glass. While it doesn't eliminate glare and reflection like museum glass will, we often use acrylic on miniatures and smaller originals where reflectivity isn't an issue. It's relative affordability and light weight makes it a worthy consideration for using on large framed prints.  Acrylic is also a safe choice for wall art that will be shipped. (We use special museum shipping boxes and thus, we don't worry much about shipping under glass, but still...)


      Clean your fine art acrylic glazing with any non-ammonia cleaner sprayed on a microfiber cloth. (Never spray wall art directly -- might leak in and damage your precious artwork!)




    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..