Paul McMillan

Southwestern Texas Landscape Painting

"Elephant Tusk & Backbone Ridge"
(Big Bend National Park, TX)
Painted on site
18" x 24"
Oil on Panel
No. 10

This Southwestern Texas Landscape Painting, "Elephant Tusk and Backbone Ridge," an original oil on panel, was painted on site, viewed from Rice Tank campground. An incredibly quiet and still place. One can sense that anything man made eventually surrenders to the desert in this place.

This artwork was painted on the rough side of a gessoed masonite panel which has a texture of canvas, so it is one of the few paintings that I have done which is not basically smooth surfaced. I felt that it was worth it to save a detailed line drawing on the smooth side for future work with this subject. The drawing is still there, so is the desert.

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