Thursday, July 5, 2012

Two Durango area landscapes in pastel - plein air

I'm leaving for a weekend trip to Taos in a bit, so this post will be super short - just two recent paintings of the landscape near Durango.

Yesterday morning's painting, from Haviland Lake:

Monsoon Skies Over Hermosa Cliffs - 12x12"
pastel on sanded black cardstock
© S.Johnson
This painting was as much about the clouds and skies as the landscape.  By the time I finished painting, the clouds had almost completely filled the sky and thunder could be heard to the northeast.  

Dry Summer - 12x12"
pastel on brown cardstock
© S.Johnson
Painting from July 1 afternoon, at Pastorias SWA.  Looks much better in person, where the two layers of distal mountains are visible.  Much of Florida Mesa has been cultivated and developed to irrigated farmland, but I opted to paint this area of sagebrush and dry grasses to get a break from the green.

Everyone have a great weekend; with luck, I'll come back with a few paintings from Taos!


  1. Lovely - almost I like your new banner image - or it looks new to me.

  2. I really like the ceruleans in the bottom pic!

  3. Beautiful as always Sonya. :)) I know I've said it before but I'll say it again, love the way you paint clouds!! Have a fun trip and I'll send you some positive vibes and virtual cupcakes for some good paintings to return with.

  4. Wonderful work, Sonya!
    Especially love the bottom one - and the way you can feel the weight of the clouds.
    Hope you have a great trip!

  5. Beautiful colors. Love, as always! Hope you're having a great weekend!!!

  6. Thank you all for your kind comments - what a treat to come back and read them!

  7. I especially like the monsoon pastel. The clouds are lovely as are the colors of the mountains.

  8. Thanks, Ruth - that is one of my personal favorites in terms of both the clouds and rendering of the cliffs, which I've painted on at least 4 different occasions. It is encouraging to see improvements in one's work!


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