Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Painting in Reds
Tuesday, May 31 starts out with a lovely breakfast at the B&B...followed by some special prayers said on my behalf by the owners of this delightful hotel. Refreshed and excited to be focused on painting, I make a run to the local art store and pick up a park pass at the Safeway.
Before I make it out to paint, I stop and visit with the Sedona Arts Center. They are quite an impressive gallery of local artists with workshops, paint outs and studios. I picked up an application to join their juried membership. Their parking lot is so gorgeous that I decide to stay and paint the views in back...in a nice shady spot.
Here's a quick 2.5 hour study where I'm trying to get familiar with the hues and atmosphere. The darn red paints are so dark and stain everything that it's hard to control them...I use a mountain of white and decide I need my cad orange after all. Of course the light and sky is constantly changing...but that's always the fun of painting en plein air!
Locals refer to this mass on the left as "Snoopy's rock". This is the backside, so you don't see his profile as much...it's supposed to resemble him lying down on his dog house. (oil, about 8x16")
Afterwards, I head over to a nearby Indian restaurant and enjoy an amazing sunset...not to mention the lamb curry! YUM. If my feet didn't hurt so much, I'd run out to the car to get my camera...I think I'm finally relaxing into this place. Back at the B&B I take a dip in the hot tub and chat with guests around the poolside fireplace before retiring.
It's been a great day!