|#1 Pleinair painters (lots) at El Santuario de Chimayó|
10 x 8 inches oil on Multimedia artboard
|My site and set-up (I loved the scallop thing on the adobe wall).|
|Thumbnail sketch to get me started.|
May was a busy month, I can't believe it is June!
I traveled to Albuquerque and then to Santa Fe, New Mexico,
to attend the 9th annual PACE (Pleinair Convention & Expo).
After a delay of two years, it was super exciting ...
but people were hoping it wouldn't turn into a Super Spreader event.
I have not heard that it has,
but there was talk of some people coming down with the virus.
Luckily I did not, and wore my mask when in demos
and in the expo crowd.
I made 5 paintings, learning from each one, and I will show you them
along with my set-up and site, like #1 above.
The next spot we traveled (there were usually 2 or 3 huge air-conditioned busses) was Santa Fe proper. We set up wherever suited our fancy, keeping near the center square.
|#2 La Fonda (The Inn) Santa Fe|
7 x 5 inches oil on Artefex Alcot aluminum panel
|I had a perfect set-up away from the wind with shade!|
Next day we went to El Rancho de Las Golondrinas (the ranch of the swallows).
This year is their 50th anniversary.
It was very windy and dusty, but I did find a spot to set up to paint
the old waterwheel and mill house;
first I made sketch of a cool adobe building near the goat barns.
Thumbnail for La Fonda, and the adobe building at Golodrinas.
|#3 Waterwheel & Mill House|
El Ranco de Las Golodrinas
6 x 8 inches oil on ultralight multimedia artboard
This one still needs a bit of work.
I made a painting standing outside a little cottage that had a sign with her name on it.
Now usually people just call it Pedernal.
|#4 Cerro Pedernal from Ghost Ranch oil on Masonite 8 x 10 inches|
|#5 Cow Skull at Ghost House oil on Arches paper 8 x 6 inches|
This last painting was done from a skull hanging on the adobe
of Ghost House, an old residence on the ranch. Please look up
Georgia's skull paintings, or any of her paintings ... they are wonderful.
One more thing ... before the conference began,
I met my daughter who flew in from Austin, in Albuquerque. We drove to Santa Fe and she stayed with me for the first few days! We had a blast going exploring (Meow Wolf, a brewery, The Sopapilla Factory) hiking and hanging out.
We hiked to a beautiful overlook and painted with watercolors she brought.
I hope you are all enjoying summer (northern hemisphere people anyway)!
Continue to take care, stay healthy and keep painting!