Friday, March 2, 2012

Better Late Than Never

Late In The Afternoon    9x12    oil
We had set up to paint on the Rio Grande, around 3:30 in the afternoon.  Ten minutes into it a strong wind came up, blowing over our easels and scattering equipment.  So, we packed up and fled for home.  At an overlook on the road back to Costolon Station we spotted a half dozen other painters working away on a beautiful vista of a creek that feeds into the Rio Grande.  We decided to join them, and went to work fast. It was getting late.

Before us was a broad, majestic vista of the cliffs and buttes above the Rio Grande river and the spreading basin.  This creek was prominent in the scene, winding through the landscape towards the river.  Knowing I had little time left to catch the scene, I sighted this postage stamp sized detail of the creek bank, from the scene below, using my viewfinder.  In the little 1 inch by inch and a quarter window I found all I needed for a challenging subject.  The late afternoon sun illuminated the dry rushes, and the mesquite forest beyond.  The wind rippled the river and made silvery patterns that cut into the reflections from the river bank.  So glad we didn't give up and go home!  You never know when you're going to find a little jewel to try for.

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