I went to Indian Canyons in Palm Springs. I went on a short trail I'd never been on, called Andreas Canyon. It was lovely! I got there at 8am and the sun was coming through the trees up the canyon, highlighting the gurgling stream. I was all by myself with the sound of the stream for music.
I started with a watercolor underpainting, then did an "impression" of the view in pastel. I love the natural palm trees with all the dead fronds hanging down like huge hula skirts! The sun highlights the edges in a warm orange color.
When I was done, I drove toward the main canyon visitor center and trailhead, but spotted a large group of plein air painters! I stopped to visit and found out they were taking a 3-day oil painting class from Mark Kerckhoff (from San Juan Capistrano). I got his information so I might take a class someday (maybe get a few oil paints first!).
Welcome to my art blog! This is where I share my explorations and learning experiences in pastel, watercolor and oil painting. I have had this blog for about six or more years. I am currently entering many national and regional juried art shows. I have a website and sell my work from there as well. I started a group called Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters a year ago and it has grown to about 40 active painters! Each year brings new challenges and exciting opportunities. I have made many friends among other art bloggers and enjoy visiting their blogs. I hope you enjoy your visit here, and click on the links to my website and the plein air painters to see more!