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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

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?

Flowers

Red Begonias 14″x11″ oil on linen
Just finished a 3-day flower workshop with Michael Klein at the Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio.  We worked in all natural light – no studio lights on the easels, no lights on the flowers except what was coming in from the windows!  It was great fun learning how Michael works – back to front, starting with the background and laying the flowers on top.  Painting flowers feels like plein air painting –  you have to work fast because the flowers will wilt throughout the day.  These begonias were actually potted so I wasn’t too worried about them dying.   However, I must say that leaves DO rotate toward the light throughout the day which makes blocking them in a real challenge.  I love flowers!