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Friday, August 01, 2014

Plein Air with Sue, Day 2 photos

Sue and I were up early, gathered our gear (we did better than the first day at taking items we needed) and took off.  We stopped at the Angel Fire Resort for a coffee (latte).  They sell Starbucks coffee!

From there we went to the Vietnam Memorial.  It is such a pretty location.  It is peaceful and quiet early in the day.  We have visited the Memorial many times so just asked permission to paint and stayed near the parking lot.

Painting outside and with someone else is inspiring and gives me energy.  We scouted our view, set up our easels and went to work.

This is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Please visit their page and learn about what a wonderful place it is.  It was started to honor David Westphall and now honors all the veterans.  Soon they will be adding a cemetery.   https://www.vietnamveteransmemorial.org/

We picked this view to start from.  We had shade and tables which is always nice when you are painting with pastels.

This is Sue's painting.  About 12 x 17 on U-art paper.

This is my painting about the same size on the same paper.  We just cut a large piece into quarters.

I may adjust the foreground a bit, the straight line sort of blocks the entry into the painting.  I will repost when I get that done.

It is always fun to see the different techniques we use and styles of painting.

It was also enjoyable to visit with the folks that were visiting the Memorial.  There are many Texans and Oklahomans (?) here in Angel Fire as it is a hop, skip and a jump from the panhandles.  But at the Memorial you find people from all over the world.

Before and after we painted we took many reference photos.  Mountains, flowers, horses, etc.  We had lunch at Zeb's. http://www.angelfirefun.com/businesses/view/20/ That is an interesting old bar and restaurant that is the standby in Angel Fire.  They serve good food, consistent and medium priced.  We have been eating there every year we come to Angel Fire.  Others have changed and come and go.  Zeb's is always here.  So some tacos and margaritas got us through the afternoon.  Good food and drink is important in plein air painting, don't you know?

Gene's sister, Virginia,  arrived and we had dinner at the H2 Uptown.  http://www.angelfirefun.com/businesses/view/509/  Very good, too, with prices a bit more upscale.  Water was my beverage after a margarita in the afternoon.

Plein Air with Sue, Day 1 http://www.jocastilloartblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/plein-air-with-sue-day-1-photos.html


Bag Blog said...

I like both your paintings! So different! That is one of the great thing about art and artists. It sounds like you had a wonderful day. I'm itchin' to be up there with you.

The dogs and I threw a few pots this morning since it is still cool out. They are not much fun to drink with, though.

Jo Castillo said...

I'm laughing out loud, Bag Blog! I don't have any dogs so it is lonesome to paint on my own. We will have some fun!

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