The rain is a much-needed blessing for the forests and ranch lands of the region, but I cannot say I enjoy driving over mountain passes in the middle of a thunderstorm like I did on Thursday!
That being said, I was happy that I was able to complete two paintings, and start on a third that I'll probably finish up in the studio.
The two paintings here are subjects I've long been wanting to paint. They've been on my "bucket list", as it were, to paint. I can't really say why, other than I've seen them rendered in a variety of styles and media, by various artists, and they instantly had appeal to me on that artistic level.
First off is the Taos Gorge. I believe I'd mentioned wanting to paint it during my March visit, but the wind made that prohibitive.
|Morning At Taos Gorge - 8x16", plein air|
pastel on board with Golden pumice ground and black acrylic
My plan for my drive back today, weather permitting, was to do another painting en route. I took the longer southern route that goes up along the lower part of the Taos gorge, through several small communities and along the Chama river as it passes through Abiquiu, by Ghost Ranch, and of course, Pedernal - the narrow mesa/flat topped mountain made famous by Georgia O'Keeffe.
|Storm Over Pedernal - 12x12", plein air|
pastel on black cardstock
Thankfully, I was more or less finished by the time the wind started to get bad enough to potentially blow my easel over.
Both the gorge and Pedernal were as enjoyable to paint as I thought they would be, and I do hope to revisit both as painting subjects during future trips!