Tags: plein air landscape painting - original oil painting - 6x6 - clouds - Durango - southwestern skies
Does it qualify as "plein air" if you didn't leave your house?
Spring storm over Twin Buttes
oil on wood panel
We had a snowstorm come through our area yesterday. It didn't provide any accumulation, but temperatures dropped into the low 40's and it was windy. At times, the snow obliterated the mountains we see from our windows to the west.
I worked on another floral painting, which I'll probably post later. It's odd, and people probably won't like it but I'll throw it up anyway. After I finished it, I looked out the window next to my studio and found the late afternoon storm clouds to be a compelling image. It's been a while since I've painted clouds, so I pulled up another panel and quickly whipped this out....all from the comfort of my indoor studio. Good practice, since the clouds move and change rapidly.
A really exciting thing is that Wayne recently bought a condo near the downtown area, and we'll still have a view of Twin Buttes and Perins Peak. Not as great for photos, maybe, since there are telephone lines that sort of pollute that view, but it has a large window facing west and a deck where I can go and paint sunsets. Awesome. And, it overlooks the Animas river to the south.
Here are a few more photos taken during yesterday's storm:
Blowing snow cloud, looking like a cumulonimbus, west of Twin Buttes and Perins
This little guy was hanging out in the dumpster. You can see snowflakes caught in the flash along with his quick assessment of our intents....
....and then he went right back to his nap again. As of this morning, he's still in the dumpster, and we don't know how he will get out before the trash collection comes.