The Artwork of
Kevin M. Haller
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Studio (working from photographs taken in Sedona, AZ)
July 07--10am
"Last Light on the Prickly Pears"
Oil   11x14
Inspiration and Design: View subject
I was visiting Red Rock Country, Sedona, Arizona.  This scene is a view from the Verde Valley School Road just south of Sedona.  From this vantage point, I was looking toward the south and east.  The sun was low in the sky, about 1 hour on top of sunset.  The day was exceedingly hot and arid.  The temperature peaked above 110 degrees.   The sky was clear and bright with little moisture.  I was impressed with how the evening sunlight spotlighted the prickly pears in the landscape.  The illuminated cactus stuck out like lights on a Christmas tree.  This seemed especially miraculous since the cactus lay so close to the ground.  My goal for the painting was to capture this effect on the canvas.