I really struggled with this one, but I finally like it.
I was bound and determined to do something with neutrals. After "Southwest of Love" I wanted to do another painting about the desert, and I wanted to work in the gray and taupe of the desert rocks. It was easy at first:
Then it was time to fill in the leaves and letters, and I thought I would never get it right. I finally ended up going over the watercolor with conte crayon, which is the same chalk that I used the last time I was really struggling to get a painting right.
And at last, I got the look I was going for. Now I keep thinking of old cowboy songs. "Cowboy Rhythm" is the one that keeps coming into my mind... I know it from the Boswell Sisters, but this version by Randy Erwin is pretty great, too. Dig that cowboy yodel!
This one looks great with a distressed wood frame. It reminds me of weathered fence posts.