|Boquillos Canyon Riverbanks 9x12 oil|
When I reached the furthest point of the hike and began to take in the view before me, my reaction was, "hm." The canyon was a rather featureless mass of rock, lit by a direct, flat lighting angle. Geographically impressive, of course, due to its shear walls and massive proportions, but there were no shadows to distinguish anything in particular. Disappointing. Nothing said, "Paint me!" Then I turned around to find that the humble, sandy riverbanks of the Rio Grande were just what I needed to feel the buzz and exhilaration that makes me want to paint. Where sunlight is falling on natural forms there's usually something around worth painting. A great morning! Good to be alive!