'Afternoon Storms'. 5x7. Plein air. Karen Margulis
There is one thing we cannot plan. We can map our route. We can find the best kept secrets and stay in the most wonderful locations. But we can't plan the weather. I always hope for sunny blue skies but I a secretly delighted when the weather turns. I love the drama of an approaching storm. Blue skies are nice but storms are inspiring. Our stay in Taos so far has given us both.
Yesterday began warm and sunny. It was a beautiful morning. I painted to the sounds of the birds with a gentle breeze keeping me cool. That would soon change. In the afternoon the clouds began to billow up behind the mountains. It was still sunny where I was so I kept painting.
I had the perfect vantage point. I could see the show unfold above the valley. The drama of dark and light rapidly shifted and I raced to paint the clouds. Blue skies are certainly nice but it isn't always better!