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Telluride Morning

I jumped on the chance to visit Telluride, CO, last summer for a landscape workshop with Deborah Paris.  We drew every day, all day, from sunrise to sunset, breathing in the trees, mountains and very thin air.  One morning I met up with a couple of art buddies to draw the sunrise in the Telluride Valley.  It was interesting to observe how the sage brush and desert loving plants grow just above and right down to the edge of the fertile, green ponds and streams in the valley floor.  This painting, Telluride Morning, is about that edge where the dry meets the wet.

Telluride Valley, charcoal drawing, sage brush, valley floor

Telluride Valley Field Drawing, 8 x 10

Telluride, Valley, sage brush, pond, aspen trees, reflection

Telluride Morning Drawing, 8 x 10

Telluride, CO, valley floor, sage brush, aspen trees, reflection, pond

Telluride Morning, 16 x 23

Drawing trees

I’m taking an online class with Deborah Paris on drawing and painting trees.  We’re learning about how a tree trunks tapers as it grows, starting out really big at the base and narrowing in girth as it reaches into the sky.  Here are a few samples of my studies this week.

First, a copy of a drawing by JD Harding, from the book, On Drawing Trees In Nature, A Classic Victorian Manual, published in 1846.

This is a copy of a drawing after John. F. Kensett

And finally, a drawing from life, a big old oak in Jackson Square, New Orleans.  This was fun to draw because I sat basically underneath this huge tree while a jazz band played in the square.  People walking by, tarot card readers, artists displaying their works.  Lots going on in NO!

Deborah Paris Landscape Atelier

Down here in Clarksville, Texas, studying landscape painting with master tonalist painter, Deborah Paris! What a beautiful part of the country to be in this month as the trees turn green and frogs are croaking (It’s especially sweet to be outside in the sunshine when I hear it’s raining buckets back home in Washington).

Deborah Paris painting at easel

Here’s a picture of Deborah’s underpainting demo. I’ll post some pictures of my work from this week soon.

The B&BThis is the B&B where I’m staying – built in 1880! Lots of history around here.Went on the Ghost Walk last Saturday night. One of the members of the Historical Society took us on a walking tour of town to all the haunted houses! I was freaked out at the last house. People on the tour had ghost apps and their phones went wild! Have you ever heard of a ghost app?

By the way, they have red cardinals down here, which I love, because they’re cousins to the blue jay back home. Love the red! Well, it just so happens that I have acquired a recently deceased cardinal (that hit the house by accident) and I’m trying to figure out a way to bring it home so I can do a painting. Anybody have ideas on how to get this lovely creature home? Taxidermist?