Pages from my Colorado Plein Air Journal, August 17, 2010

Pike's Peak from Garden of the Gods

Most of my blog entries are tossed in rather quickly.  But I’ve kept a journal since the late 1980’s, and tonight I thought I might go ahead and post what I wrote in my journal while on my Colorado vacation.  Following are the pages related to my Garden of the Gods plein air watercolor sketches:

August 5, 2010, 2:25 p.m.–“Today while Sandi rested and napped at the La Quinta, I met Carolye at Garden of the Gods at 7:00 a.m.  We painted three hours and produced a pair of paintings each.  Tomorrow we’ll begin around 6:00 and I’ll paint Camel’s Kiss–a huge pink rock formation with ribbons of mountain ranges behind it.”

“I jumped right into the plein air this morning.  My eye was engaged with every detail on those mountains, trees and sky colors.  I tried in earnest to match my colors to reality.  And I really studied the terrain with joy and enthusiasm.  Carolye was pleasant to visit with–totally engaged in her work.  She asked plenty of questions and I was all-too-glad to respond.  We also talked of other things.  All in all, a very pleasant morning of conversation and painting.”

“I was pleased with my two watercolor sketches.  I feel that I got the job done.  I was pleased as soon as I had ‘one painting in the box’ as I’ve heard other plein air artists say.  Words cannot capture what I feel when I’m painting en plein air. And especially today–my first Colorado mountains en plein air. I was always such a chicken shit before–taking photographs, first the 35mm and then later the digital, and still not watercoloring mountainscapes.  Well–the enthusiasm began last night as Sandi and I admired the mountain ranges along the Colorado City rest stop, and finally this morning, I did it!”

“Tomorrow, at the 6:00 a.m. Garden of the Gods excursion, I shall set up the French easel and use if for the first time.  I plan a watercolor landscape this time on a full sheet of block paper.  It will be my first endeavor, standing to watercolor at an easel.”

[O.K., there is the journal entry.  I note that there is no journal entry describing the above photo, and that is because I painted it from about 6:00-8:00 a.m., then Sandi and I dashed to the hotel to pack, check out, and drive to Denver International Airport to pick up a fishing buddy who had flown up from Arlington and arrived around 7:00 that morning.]

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4 Responses to “Pages from my Colorado Plein Air Journal, August 17, 2010”

  1. Artswebshow Says:

    wow, that looks like it’s coming on really well

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  2. David Tripp Says:

    Thank you. It’s been a real thrill tweaking it.

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  3. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Thank you for sharing your experiences. Now that the weather is a little cooler here in Indiana I hope to get outside with my sketchbook and possibly my paints. I listen to the thrill in your voice and ask myself why I am sitting inside at my computer!

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  4. David Tripp Says:

    Nice to hear from you, Linda, and that you’re about to go back into plein air. Texas temperatures are still dreadful, school has started and I have two commissions to finish up in my studio. The calendar is pretty tight right now, hence no blogging, or even visiting blogs the past two weeks. I’ll find my way back, one way or the other . . . Thanks so much for your thoughtful post. You’ve inspired me to push harder on these commissions!

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