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  • Writer's pictureDavid Loren Bass

Chihuahuan Desert Sojourn

Updated: Jun 2, 2021

David departs in early May for a week of painting in the Chihuahuan Desert, south of Marfa and at the end of Pinto Canyon Road, a landmark in the Chinati Mountains. He will reside at Chinati Hot Springs. This sojourn in familiar territory will be a welcome relief from the past months of pandemic confinement. David will hike to his old places like the arroyos and also search out new motifs for paintings.

Las Palmas Cottage, Chinati Hot Springs where David and Lolo will reside.

He will be creating not only in oil but also with a medium new to him: gouache. Gouache is an opaque water-based paint used for its free, spontaneous flow or robust, dashing strokes with no impasto. Unlike watercolor which stains the paper, gouache create an actual paint layer.

Artists who have used gouache are Henri Matisse, Raoul Dufy, and John Singer Sargent. It is also used by fashion illustrators and architects for their renderings.

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