Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Painting in the High Desert in Autumn

On a gorgeous October day, Ann Templeton worked her magic and allowed us to watch her create a painting of Abiquiu Lake from an overlook near the entrance road for Ghost Ranch New Mexico. As she painted she gave an eloquent description of her complicated thought process during the design of a plein air landscape painting and then on to the finish. Just on the right edge of the photo is the beginning of the Pedernal - the mountain that Georgia O'Keefe made famous.

This mesa overlooking the box canyon in the heart of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico is a favorite painting location for the High Desert Painters. Some of us choose the upright red rocks as our subject; others decide to let the casitas weave their story into the painting. This day dawned with the crisp October air at 40 degrees so by midday the warm sun on this mesa is a welcome participant in our painting experience.

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