I just got back from a week learning plein air painting with John Cogan for five days. I’m still working on writing the adventure to share. I was so focused on learning how to see “color value”, “transitions” and “color temperature” that my memory of the week is a blur. I now have little chunks of time floating around in a vague order of when they occurred. Luckily, the single lessons and adventure moments themselves are cemented clearly as if I was still there. Funny how memory works. Thanks John for all the teaching and your friendship!!
This painting was done the next day after camping for five days and painting about 10 hours per day. It’s sort of a summary of many lessons applied into a single painting. I was exhausted, but still very inspired by the beauty of the canyon. so I grabbed a panorama panel I’d quickly made before the trip and did my best. The panel was a dark color, unprepared for acrylic paint and I found out it also had a permanent maker line that bled through my paints like a loud watermark. However, it did nothing to take away from the grandeur of the scene and enjoyment of slapping down the paint as quickly as I could before the light changed too much. It’ll be a perfect color study for a larger studio painting!
There will be more Palo Duro paintings to come. I hope you grab your calendar and set a plan to visit this area, especially in the morning or evening when the light is just about the duck behind the rim. I call it a “magic hour” when the walls start to glow in brilliant oranges, reds, yellows… it too much for words.