Plein Air beginning in Creede, Colorado, August 11, 2010

Plein air watercolor study of Creede, Colorado

Those of you who have been reading my blog know that my intentions today were to return to oil painting en plein air–something I haven’t done since 1976.  My artist friend Chris gave me the gift of a wonderful Jullian French easel just before I departed for Colorado on this vacation.  I used the easel for the first time during my final morning of watercoloring in Colorado Springs at the beautiful Garden of the Gods.

Sandi and I arrived in Creede early this afternoon and found the town darkened, and under heavy cloud cover and intermittent rains.  We ducked from several separate rain showers and finally settled into The Old Firehouse Internet Coffee Shop.  After about an hour spent reading books and surfing the Internet, I finally looked outside to see the sun had returned.  I dashed out behind the city to an unobtrusive site where I could sit and contemplate those wonderful “pillars of Hercules” that form the classic backdrop for this small mountain town.

Twenty-five minutes into this watercolor study (I didn’t trust the spastic weather to taking out all my oil painting supplies and setting up the easel), the heavens opened again with such gusto that I had to dash 100 yards to my parked Jeep, holding this watercolor sketch face downward.  All my watercolor supplies sat out and got soaked, awaiting my return from the Jeep.

I did manage to photograph this location, so I will finish the composition by use of my laptop for the visual aid.  I’m happy so far with the way the rocky bluffs are shaping up.  I do have part of the rooftops of the town penciled in that I’ll detail later.

Thanks for reading.

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