Tag: Plein Aire

City of Rocks, New Mexico

Pre-historic volcanic rock formations create this unusual gathering of other worldly beings: boulder spirits.

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The boulders speak to you with their facial expressions, and demand a quiet presence.

 Camping among the rocks …

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Looking for a suitable place to paint after waking.

Found a collection of green

nestled in the rock.

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In the other direction, broad vistas of the gorgeous New Mexico sky and junipers dotting the land

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Time for some refreshment after a hard day’s work…chile and

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tamales, vino…

Pena Blanca Lake

Spending the day at this remote location near the Mexican border offered the opportunity to record morning and afternoon light in an oil sketch and a pastel drawing.

 

View of Pena Blanca Lake, a lake stocked with fish and popular with local picnickers.
Beginning of oil sketch.
Finished oil sketch.

In the afternoon there were some lovely high vistas which made for a dramatic view of boulders and water.

 

High view of Pena Blanca Lake.
Resulting pastel drawing on clayboard, 12 x 10".

Another beautiful day in southern Arizona!