Sunday, March 16, 2014

Painting In Big Bend National Park

A couple of weeks ago, I spent 5 absolutely awesome days with 30 other artists in Big Bend National Park.  This is the 4th time in as many years that I've been there, and every time I discover new places to paint.  My favorite hang out is anywhere along the Rio Grande River or in the Ghost Town of Terlingua just outside the park.

Along the Rio Grande River - Day 1

Above & below:  Day 2 - the painting & my value sketch

Above & Below:  Day 3 - On the Rio Grande River

 Day 5 - Ghost Town Terlingua - Old wagon on edge of town with Chisos mountain range in background
During the 5 days of painting I completed 6 paintings. The weather was perfect for painting:  cool and clear mornings, followed by warm afternoons.  I'd begin the day layered with 2 shirts & a jacket.  By noon I was painting in just a t-shirt.  There was a lot more water in the river this year than in years past and the color was spectacular ranging from bright white sparkle as it flowed over rocky shallow areas to deep waters of blue, yellow & green.   The 4 paintings pictured here as well as 2 other studies will be used as source for larger studio paintings.  Keep an eye on my website; new paintings will be posted as they're completed.

During the week of March 22 thru 29, I'll be painting in a local paint out competition in Terrell, TX - and on April 5, I'll participate in a Quick Draw competition with Outdoor Painters Society. Check back soon for more new plein air paintings!

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