Cochiti Lake is in the Pena Blanco area of New Mexico - the lake itself is within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti Indian reservation. This area is half-way between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
This was done very quickly - 15 minutes total time. The purpose of this painting was twofold:
1. A study for a larger painting
2. Further development of my brush strokes - one brush was used for the painting
This painting is 8 x 24 on heavy linen paper.
The first thing I always do is get a straight horizon line. I do this by measuring from the top of the paper down with a measuring tape.
Next I throw in the sky and any clutter along the horizon line
Next I throw in the ground from the horizon line forward
Next I build up the foreground with indications of bushes etc. This is where I make the most of my brush work so that the bushes etc have some texture to them as well as depth. In this case the brush strokes where all made very quickly with an upward motion (as that is how bushes grow),
This is a very simple landscape but will provide a good model for a larger painting (18 X 24) where I will spend more time developing the flow and textures of the landscape.