Acrylic on canvas panel, 16” x 20”
Getting a few days away from my city (Colorado Springs) in the late spring, my husband arranged a trip to the town of Pagosa Springs, the only incorporated city in Archuleta County, Colorado. With a population of 1,700, the town made a perfect stay for a quiet, short vacation (until the five kids in the room next door decided to strike up the band at 6 am when mom stepped out for coffee).
My husband and I strolled along a trail in a State park on the outskirts of town. While the wildflowers were waning, the wildlife remained alert and followed us with curious eyes. I decided to try out our telephoto camera lens. I stumbled onto this pair of lonely flowers, winking at us in the wind. A close-up view revealed a brilliant contrast of color and vibrancy that made a perfect picture for my first on-my-own acrylic painting.
Trippy Flowers became this painting’s name due to the fluorescent look the pair took on in the close-up view.
About the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado: The City of Colorado Springs, a 200-square mile city with a population over 400,000, is located in the southern part of the state. Pikes Peak, the tallest mountain in the region (over 14,000 feet) is controlled by the city. The City is also home to the Garden of the Gods, the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Peterson, and Schriever Air Force bases. My favorite attraction is Cheyenne Mountain where we live next to the rumored Stargate.
©Penelope Culbreth-Graft, June 2013