My freshman year of college I took an Archaeology class, which took me on a field trip through New Mexico and Arizona during the last week. I snapped a picture of the landscape just before the sun set at one of the places we stayed.
During the process of this painting I discovered what kind of color palette I tend to use when I paint. During one of the stages of the painting I stepped back and the whole thing was blue and bright green, almost limey! Seriously. I got carried away with the tube of "cobalt blue." After I went back into it with some red, which makes for the purple shadows, and added more red to the rocks, I think it turned out. I gave it to my parents for Christmas. Oh yes, so nice.