This Southwest landscape painting is a real scene I encountered in Oracle, Arizona. A friend was visiting where I was staying at the time. A double rainbow appeared. I could see the whole thing. It was sitting in front the mountain! I was mesmerized. Rainbows are magical, always cause for celebration in my life. What better way to celebrate than to paint it?
I remember as a little girl, whenever I would see a rainbow, I would run as far as I could to get to the end of the rainbow in hopes of seeing the pot of gold. Of course, I never made it. Perhaps, if I had run to the end of this rainbow, I might have found the pot of gold. It seemed that close.
In the forefront are prickly pear cactus. People here like to make jelly from their flesh.
The building is a workshop where an artist made things from steel.
All in all, this was a glorious scene. It was one of my first encounters with the desert. I had just purchased a digital camera. I ran all over that property taking photos. I even climbed to the top of the house so I could get closer views of the sunsets. They were amazing.
I constructed the box for this painting out of oak panel and birch frame. It sticks out from the wall about 3 inches giving it a heavy, bold presentation. It will add a lift of brightness and cheer to any room. It’s a handsome piece.
I wasn’t going to paint the 2nd rainbow. I awoke the morning after I thought it was completed. There was a perfect arch of light bent in the form of the 2nd rainbow. How could I not take that as a sign to paint the 2nd rainbow?