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Postby BYart » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:16 am

Hi All,
I've just completed this one, as a gift for my Mom.
To give a bit of info on the subject...

Here, in El Paso, we are so blessed to have the Franklin Mountains. Risng a
uptly from the desert, towering over and dividing the city into two areas, East and West.
The drive over Trans Mt. Highway(The fastest way to get from one side of city to the other)is one of such scenic beauty, you must see it to fully understand the rugged beauty of these Mts.
In Spring...if there has been a "wet" winter here(Wet meaning a bit of rainfall, or a few dustings of snow ), then a spectacular thing happens.
The base of the Mts. become covered in Mexican Gold Poppies. The color is spectacular! These seemingly frail little flowers, blooming into early May, transform the base of the Mts. into scene alive with color.
El Paso even holds a Poppy Festival, to cele
ate the beauty, which I unfortunately missed. It was held in late Mar.
I've tried to capture the intensity of color, against the stark ruggedness of these Mts.
Hopefully, you will experience the contrast.
11 x 14, Ampresand Pastel Board, CarbOthello Pastel Pencils.
CC's welcomed! :D
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Postby bpier » Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:55 pm

You did a wonderful job on this Barb. Your mom should be thrilled. The poppies are beautiful!
Regards, Brian
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Postby BYart » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:02 am

Thanks Brian, glad you like!

Mom was thrilled! She often tells the story of how when my Dad(now deceased) asked her to marry and come to the States(she's German). She said "Do they have Mts. there"? (As she loved the Bavarian Alps).
He replied yes, and she said "OK, then I'll go". She said upon arrival here, she was not dissapointed. She has loved these Mts. and enjoyed them most of her life(She's 81 now).
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Postby bergina » Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:45 pm

Very nice job on this Barb,
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Postby BYart » Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:00 pm

Thank you Al, much appreciated!
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Postby johnwalkeasy » Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:48 pm

Lots of great colors and contrast. I never thought of flowers in Texas.
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Postby arlenemurals » Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:54 am

gorgeous!!
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Postby BYart » Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:37 pm

Thanks John!
Yes, these frail, beautiful flowers, take one by surprise, next to these barren(for the most part), rugged mountains. I look forward to next Spring, when the base of the Mts. will be alive with color again! These poppies only last about a month, dependant on the heat index.

Arlene,
Thank you, much appreciated!
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Postby oilpainter2247 » Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:22 pm

barb very nice work here i love the mountains and the color in this ...........wonderful job for sure .mike :D
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Postby BYart » Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:42 pm

:D Thanks Mike, glad you like!!!!
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Postby artisticsha » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:18 am

Very nice. I want to run threw them.
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Postby BYart » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:48 am

Thanks again artisticsha! :D
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