“Storms: Summer”Baje Whitethorne Sr
This acclaimed artist has been a boilermaker, teacher, and a professional artist since 1981.
His awards are too numerous to list but include Best of Show, Best of Division, many blue ribbons, and more.
He has also been exhibited in numerous museum and gallery shows.
This vibrant watercolor is a nostalgic look back at the old way of life on the Navajo reservation, painted with the artist’s celebrated verve.
Semi-abstract, his style, here, might be termed “impressionistic expressionism”.
Despite the blue sky, and sunny, warm colors, there is a cloud buildup, beyond the red rock cliffs, that hints at an approaching summer storm.
An abstract hogan is painted in a lovely golden yellow, toward the bottom left.
Ramadas, pens and even a water tank are sketched into its right.
Light grey rocks and pale green desert plants fill the very bottom of the composition, with vigorously shaped cliffs and hills taking up most of the center level.
Wind-driven clouds cover some of the deep blue, New Mexico sky, ominously greyish, at the bottom.
Actually, rain is welcomed with rejoicing, in the high desert.
That may explain why the general mood of this wonderfully accomplished painting is so upbeat, with energetic motion and vivid colors.
Total confidence and control of his medium are obvious; this celebrated artist is renowned for the way he captures the spirit and essence of Navajo country and culture through his artwork.