During mid-October 2008 four members of the High Desert Painters painted on location in Taos, New Mexico. Luckily one day was rainy so, in addition to painting outside, the group could spend time indoors at Taos museums. Pictured above at the historic Taos Art Museum & Fechin House, l to r, are Jana Van Wyk, Nita Harper, Janis Loverin, and Judy Howells.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
October 2008 Taos Plein Air Paint Out
"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." -Henry Ward Beecher. This is my journey of dipping my brush into my own soul and painting what I find. I have a passion for our American West and those landscapes are my primary focus. But, averaging 6-8 weeks of travel a year, I will paint whereever I am. I usually paint on location, i.e. plein air, but also revel in taking a plein air study and my photographs and using them to create a large, more thoughtful, studio work. In addition to bold brushwork and vibrant color, the power of the composition is becoming more important to my work. The work of Vincent Van Gogh, Maynard Dixon, Edgar Payne, Birger Sandzen, and Walt Gonske has been a huge inspiration to me.