Up From the Cliffs

Begun under the Occoquan/Rt 123 Bridge, this was started early on an overcast day. The scene looks east from the Occoquan River toward the Potomac River.

Across the way, pinkish, orangish sandstone cliffs called as they peeked out from the lush, dense foliage of Occoquan Regional Park. For a time, the sun opened up on the park's entrance road in the distance, making the area glow. For added interest, the waterline's rich purple striations played on the water. This was such a beautiful scene to paint.

Finding cliffs in Fairfax County, away from Great Falls, was quite unexpected, but a real treat.

Up From the Cliffs
pastel on Pastelbord, watercolor underpainting


Lynne said...

I love the colors in this painting and the feeling of contentment when viewing it.

Bonnie said...

Thank you so much, Lynne. It was really challenging for me to keep the temperature harmonious throughout, but I am glad you see it as successful. It's in the current Workhouse exhibit, if you didn't get to see it in person yet.

Very, very glad to hear from you.

Nabeela said...

Awesome work!!! Love the colours....