|Painting at Rio Grande Gorge|
We had more spring New Mexico weather Thursday. The radar showed rain nearby and possibly overhead. A quick glance at the sky, though, showed the rain wasn't reaching the ground. Virga, as it is called, can be quite beautiful with its long, feathery drifts of rain, so after breakfast and our daily critique session we headed out for the Rio Grande Gorge.
|Demonstrating the use of manganese violet|
|Ice Cream Bus - If you're not on the bus, you're off the bus|
I picked up a tube of Gamblin's manganese violet this week, and I have been determined to use it. (Perhaps this is what convinced me that I was seeing violet.) It turned out to be the perfect "mother color" to use everywhere in the painting. The middle-distance cliffs are mostly manganese violet with white and a little Torrit Grey. The farther ones have some ultramarine blue added. The closest ones have some permanent alizarin crimson. Elsewhere, the greens, yellows and oranges have all been moderated with manganese violet. Even the "school bus" yellow of the Ice Cream Bus has manganese violet in it.
|Ice Cream Bus, Rio Grande Gorge 9x12 oil - SOLD|
|Fechin House interior|
|San Fransisco de Asis church in Rancho de Taos. This is the back of it.|
Why does everyone photo and paint it from the rear?
|Painting on the back porch|
|Taos Mountain, Sunspots 9x12 oil|
In the afternoon, I tried my new palette out on Taos Mountain. The light was fleeting – shifting sunspots as thunderstorms built over the landscape – but as the mountain and the field of sage in front of it were mostly in shadow, my magenta violet was really appropriate. (I'm not sure if the two photos of my paintings show the true colors; I'll take better ones once I'm at my summer studio.)
Pizza for dinner at Taos Pizza Outback!