9x12 inches, pastel on black Strathmore
©2011 Sonya Johnson
...with a different view. The river, despite its flow continuing to drop, is producing some remarkable rapids that were tempting to paint. But, after doing many mountains and lots of water, I decided I liked this view from the bank, looking up the small hillside to the south.
It is filled with summer grasses of assorted colors of greens and yellows, along with small patches of an unknown yellow wildflower are scattered across the red earth. The trail leading down to the river, and my location, is seen in the lower right corner, partially obscured by a patch of yellow clover.
Trees were first, clouds were last. The top blue is a new one of my Mt. Visions that is just dandy for skies.
It was a bit breezy, due to the clouds. Some kayakers came and put in right in the same location, owing to the good wave action. So, we all practiced our craft on a wonderful Durango afternoon, our souls nourished by the Animas river - the River of Lost Souls.
The sky off our bedroom deck, taken right before I posted this:
Tomorrow, the local Friday plein air painters are meeting at an old hotel downtown. If I can manage to drag my unit out of bed, I'll hopefully be joining them at 8 a.m. We might all have something to chuckle over as I maybe attempt to paint linear structures on location.