Update on 50|50 Show: Weeks 3 & 4

I am over the hump - more than halfway through my 50|50 series of daily painting! The past two weeks I've enjoyed "traveling" to Austin, TX and Jordan:

Left to right: Austin, Jordan

I lived in Austin for one year in 2011-2012, and although you may think that some of the other places I've lived are more exotic, for me Austin was very different. I loved it! It's a very eclectic place with a warm climate, which means that people build interesting structures, some of which I've captures in these images (like the 3rd one down with the tire - that's from the Cathedral of Junk). 

For this set I took out cadmium red light and added back in my burnt sienna (along with ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow medium and alizarin crimson). 

Scenes from Austin, TX

I visited the country of Jordan for about 10 days in the spring of 2012. The cool thing about having parents who work all over the world (they are indeed true global nomads) is that I get to visit! I stayed in the capital, Amman, which is a crowded city built on rolling hills. We also traveled the countryside visiting ruins from Biblical times, went to the Dead Sea and visited one of the 7 Wonders of the World - Petra (this is where they filmed the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). Petra is spectacular! Not only are the ruins impressively old and big (how did they build these structures without cranes?), but they are built into this lovely rock that has pink, yellow & purple strains of color. It's really fantastic. 

For these paintings, I took out my alizarin crimson and added back the cadmium red light, but as you can see I really muted down the colors to mostly browns and whites, with flashes of vibrant color. That's what it felt like when I was there, particularly in the springtime when these lovely red poppies dotted the mostly arid landscape. 

Scenes from Jordan: Amman, Petra and surrounding countryside.

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