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Friday, October 10, 2014

Painting in Between Storms....Abiquiu Adventure Continues

'Storm Watchers'. 5x7. Pastel

In a Plein air workshop there is always a Plan B. We hoped we wouldn't have to resort to it. The weather forecast seemed to change hourly and luckily the 80% chance of rain went down. Our best chance of good weather was between 8:00 and noon so we arrived at the location overlooking Ghost Ranch early.

The stormy weather pattern may have been nerve wracking to track but it sure gave us drama to paint. The clouds were amazing. The landscape herein Northern New Mexico is dramatic under blue skies but I'll take the stormy skies any day. What an inspiring combination!

'The Other Side'. 8x10.

I couldn't get enough of the sky. I painted fast and furiously trying to take it all in. We painted from 8-6 and I ended up doing 10 paintings! The scenery was too good to stop. We did stop for awhile when a big storm hit. Fortunately we were under cover and Richard saw it coming on radar. Gotta love technology!

The rain started just as Richard was ready to begin an oil demo. He had to wait. The Rain came down so hard that his subject had disappeared in the rain!

Waiting for the rain to stop

Tomorrow is our last day. We will paint in the morning and have critique after lunch. I can't believe how fast this week has gone! I have lots to share!


1 comment:

robertsloan2art said...

Wow, that's a wild day! love the paintings, those skies are wonderful. Nothing like actually seeing good clouds and painting from life. Love the photo of y'all in the rain under the shelter, that sounds fun even though it was frustrating. I could almost hear the laughter.