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Krista Wargo

Plein Air Paintings

Mojave Desert, California

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On Plein Air Painting:

The landscape of our American Southwest is a constant source of fascination for me. I am intrigued by the way the light plays on the surfaces of the desert; the mountains, rocks, plants, trees, land, and clouds. The contrast of the lights and darks on the desert landscape produces beautiful abstract shapes. When I paint, I focus on these abstract shapes, their values, colors, and relationships, and when they all go together, they produce an image of our desert as I see it. All my paintings begin as plein air (outside, on location) pieces. I put all my painting gear into a backpack and hike out into the desert. I prefer to paint plein air because I enjoy the challenge of getting information down quickly, being in the elements, and being a part of what I am interpreting. I will often return to the same spot several times to complete a painting. I do not use photograph references. I want to interpret what I see first-hand, and not through a lens. I feel working plein air is the most authentic and genuine method for capturing the essence of the beautiful world all around us.

 

Driggs, Idaho by Krista Wargo

 

Around Key's View by Krista Wargo

 

South Bates Road by Krista Wargo

 

The Fen by Krista Wargo

 

A Gorgeous Day in March by Krista Wargo

 

Before the Music Starts by Krista Wargo

 

When it Rains in the Desert by Krista Wargo

 

Juniper at Hemingway by Krista Wargo

 

Holly's Place by Krista Wargo

 

Rock Pile by Krista Wargo

 

Barker Dam Loop by Krista Wargo

 

Portrait of a Pinyon by Krista Wargo

 

Overseer by Krista Wargo

 

Early Morning by Krista Wargo

 

A Nearby Wash by Krista Wargo

 

A Cold January Morning by Krista Wargo

 

Keeping Cool by Krista Wargo

 

June in the Desert by Krista Wargo

 

No Contest by Krista Wargo

 

The End of the Day by Krista Wargo

 

Juniper at Blackrock by Krista Wargo

 

Hidden Valley Surprise by Krista Wargo

 

A Flower Lined Path by Krista Wargo

 

Barker Dam After the Storm by Krista Wargo

 

Witnesses by Krista Wargo

 

A Desert Morning by Krista Wargo

 

Springtime in the Desert by Krista Wargo

 

Sunkissed by Krista Wargo

 

Skyline Ranch Road by Krista Wargo

 

Out Back by Krista Wargo

 

Morro Bay by Krista Wargo

 

Cottonwoods in the Sunshine by Krista Wargo

 

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve by Krista Wargo

 

Black Rock Canyon by Krista Wargo

 

Basking in the Sunshine by Krista Wargo

 

February in the Desert by Krista Wargo

 

Desert Solitaire by Krista Wargo

 

Palm Springs Indian Canyons by Krista Wargo

 

Up Close and Personal by Krista Wargo

 

The Heat of Summer by Krista Wargo

 

Promises of Things to Come by Krista Wargo

 

A Breezy Morning by Krista Wargo

 

Heading into the Shadows by Krista Wargo

 

Here Comes the Sun by Krista Wargo

 

Hemingway at Dawn by Krista Wargo

 

Willow Hole by Krista Wargo

 

Early Morning View by Krista Wargo

 

Lake Mary by Krista Wargo