The other weekend, I met my plein air painting group for a few hours of painting Sedona's red rocks. Our location, one of my favorites, gave us a spectacular, panoramic view of Munds Mountain and other nameless crags. As you can see from the photo, it was a sunny Arizona day, and what with the days getting longer and the sun, higher, I tend to seek shade. (I am not in this particular photo.) I managed to eek out some by a little scrub oak. I'm also trying to remember the sun block now, too.
Here's my painting: Red Rock Rising, 9x12 oil. For this one, I was trying my best to capture color exactly the way I saw it. I steered clear of my usual expressionistic color-mixing. What was my reason for this? Sometimes it just feels good to try to get it exactly right.
|Red Rock Rising, 9x12 oil|
By the way, next week I will be journeying to Palm Springs, California. Albert Handell, who has become a good friend, asked me to join Jeanine and him at his mentoring workshop. I've not been there before, but by all accounts, I should expect some beautiful scenery. (Albert wrote this article on painting palm trees, which I need to read before I leave.) Weather is forecast for sunny and warm, so I won't be taking the parka. Although I plan to paint from sunrise to sundown, I'll do my best to keep up my blog!