Oil paint on canvas 5″x5″ (miniature), painted 1969. This is a small original studio painting done originally for a sidewalk art show. Oil paint really holds its vibrance over time and if you varnish the oil after a year or so it will last hundreds of years.
The wind preceding a storm in the Arizona desert often kicks up huge clouds of dust that mix with the rain clouds and reflect wonderful colors in that late Arizona afternoon sun.
This storm was approaching just at sundown, when the desert floor was already dark but the high clouds caught the setting sunlight. I love when that happens – it makes great scenes, and make the colors sing! One can only observe or photograph these storms, as they move and change so quickly. This one is mostly a memory piece, as no camera was available.