'Mountain View'. 5x7. Pastel over watercolor
It was a long leisurely day of soaking it all in. We were up at dawn and had an early morning walk up on airport Mesa . The grounds of our hotel are beautifully landscaped and we had great photo opportunities. We spent the morning visiting Crescent Moon Park and doing some errands. Back at our cottage I decided to take out my watercolors.
For my daily painting I decided to focus on the blues of the distant mountains instead of the red rocks. I did a watercolor under painting first. The painting took on a life of it's own as I reset the pastel and added some shaved yellow flowers inspired by the gardens here at the hotel.
Here is a photo of our view to the left
The wonderful variations of blues in the cliffs and mountains
This evening we sat on the patio and watched the sunset while we ate our dinner. As the colors in the sky faded the twinkling light of Sedona began to come on in the valley below. We discussed how we would paint it....what colors to use, how to make the lights glow, where to put the harder edges. It was very satisfying to watch it all unfold and let it soak in. Tomorrow night we will paint it!
I'll be posting more photos from our day on facebook so check them out if you'd like to see our encounters with the birds and the bees!