One of my favorite things about our big cross-country road trip was watching the landscape change along that 9000 mile continuous line. Anyone who has traveled around this vast country knows that the geography is very diverse. You know when the plane lands in Albuquerque that you are definitely not in Pennsylvania, but flying doesn't ever give you a picture of the transitions that get you from one distinct landscape to another. I became a little obsessed with that idea and I started snapping a lot of photos from the car window that showed examples of The changing face of the countryside. Here are a few of the photos.
Just so many kinds of beautiful...
Naturally, I guess, I began to envision big, horizontal quilts. Not traditional landscapes as much as abstracted impressions. I'm still not quite sure how I might accomplish this, but I tried the idea out small.
This is a tiny little test piece. (10" x 12") but I think something at least 36" wide is what I am thinking I want. I think it has possibilities. I don't much like the sky, but I can see better ways of dealing with that.
By the way, when I showed the bottom third of the composition in my last post commenters guessed it was farmland in Kansa or Nebraska. It was actually inspired by an amazingly green stretch of New Mexico where the brushy country was cut through with dry stream beds revealing layers of red and pink earth.
So this could be the beginning of a series. I'll share it as I go.