What a stunning view of the the Durango & Silverton, deep in the San Juan National Forest, running alongside the rushing waters of the Animas River, taking on water for the journey ahead.
The experience of riding this train and seeing the amazing sights along the way, most of which is only available to see by train or by foot, was too beautiful for words, so I had to paint it.
I've thought about and painted this painting a thousand times in my mind, since the day I stood on Fisherman's Wharf at Monterey Bay looking at the scene before me.
It was was early one morning, before the start of The Plein Air Art Convention, that I wanted to take a walk for some solitude. I wanted to go see this boat in the bay that I had seen the day before, on a drive around town with my friend Marcy Bailey. It struck me, how that boat looked in the bay, so grand and sort of lonely. I thought about how it looked like a giant among all the smaller sailboats in the distance.
But this morning, there it was. The same feeling struck me, but it was even more magical. The heavy fog was lifting in the distance and the morning sun was illuminating everything with peachy golden colors, and the boat in the harbor was even more magnificent.
I took picture after picture trying to capture the scene, so that I could paint it later. The photos didn't capture it all, but the image of the colors were etched in my mind. I'm happy with the results of this little painting. It takes me back to that morning and the effect that it had on me, when I stood before it on the pier.
This little painting has been on the easel way too long, unfinished. It's still a work in progress but I'm very happy with it so far.
I've painted it a hundred times in my mind and so happy that I finally mustered up the courage to work on it.
My goal is to make myself paint everyday to build on what I learn each day and also, so that my courage doesn't wane.
Two more little paintings that I finished in my journey to learn to paint beautiful greens and create atmosphere.
I still am not getting the colors true in the photos.
I hope you enjoy looking at my work.
This is my world this morning with Eric Clapton filling the air and prayers running through my head and heart. Responding to feelings, colors and trying to learn what I don't yet know.
I'm happy with this piece and excited to learn more as I fight to push past fears.
Sitting in my dining room enjoying coffee and the quiet solitude of morning. So beautiful the grey of trees and fence contrasted with the beautiful blue sky. Just then, when i didn't think it could get any better, this bird entered the picture.
All I've ever thought about and dreamed about, was being an artist and painting.