Paul McMillan
Southwestern landscape Painting

"Purple Haze"
16" x 20"
Oil on Panel
No. 232
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In this Southwestern landscape painting, "Purple Haze," an original oil on panel, I was inspired to create a painting using only alizarin crimson, ivory black and a white that is an ivory tone. This painting composition is purely from imagination in an honest attempt to allow myself ultimate freedom in the arrangement. This is not a real place so I give myself the privilege of freely arranging the elements in the subject to pursue the best drama and luminosity possible. Here in this painting, keeping it simple was the way I chose to arrive at my desired outcome. Painting in a near monochrome often frees the faculties of mind allowing me to give my all to the subject. I have always loved the desert, it's totally honest and you cant argue with such greatness in the face of its' ancient wisdom, but you can of course speak to it in many ways. I choose paint.
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