'The View From Above'. 5x7. Pastel
We painted from morning until the sun sank behind the cliffs. It is a dream come true. The opportunity to paint in such an inspiring place with a group of artists who are passionate about what they do is priceless. Today was the first day of the workshop with Richard McKinley and since this is a mentoring or next level workshop the morning meeting was short but filled with great advice. Richard issued us a challenge for the week: To be more conceptual....go deeper....be more present.....go beyond the mechanics of painting....go farther!
Our first painting location was a spot high above the Chama River. Yesterday I painted at the river bank....today I was like a raven soaring over the river as it rounded the bend. It was fantastic. I did 4 studies and had a wonderful time.
The second location was pure magic. We left the river around 3:30 to get set up at Plaza Blanca also known as the White Place as named by Georgia O'Keeffe. I had been to the White Place before but we only stood at the overlook. One must go down into the arroyo and close to the white cliffs to fully appreciate the beauty of this place . And one must come when the late afternoon sun does it's slow dance across the white cliffs turning them lavender and blue with slivers of light. It was truly magical and will become a treasured memory.
Richard talks about his painting and the importance of going back to a place. A valuable lesson!
Tuesday is another very full day of painting! Stay tuned!