|Below the John Dunn Bridge - 9x12 oil|
We arrived in Taos Saturday to snow squalls. By Sunday, though, the skies cleared, the cottonwoods budded with springtime yellow-greens and the sage filled the air with its heady scent. Our participants – five painters from Tennessee, Ohio, Nevada and Colorado – arrived with Taos at its best.
Before they arrived, though, we did a quick tour of the area to remind ourselves of grocery options and painting spots. I have a fairly detailed list of good spots, thanks to a couple of painting friends who paint here a lot. We checked out locations just north of Taos, such as Arroyo Hondo and Arroyo Seco. Taos is rich with great painting opportunities, and I'm sure it will be a good week.
|Me, below the John Dunn Bridge|
|Red Willows - 9x12 oil|
By lunchtime, though, the winds managed to dig down into the canyon. At least two easels went over – mine did – and we decided to pack it up. We had lunch in our cars and then headed back to the house. The back porch of the house is, fortunately, on the lee side and is sheltered by a short wall, so I was able to take out my paintings and bring them to completion in comfort.
|Robert (and Jim, not pictured)|