Nevada Plein Air

Evans Creek Spring Morning     9 x 12     pastel on paper
Now that the weather in northern Nevada is warming up I've been taking the opportunity to paint outdoors.  On Monday I painted with the Reno Tahoe Plein Air painters at the Evans Creek Nature Trail in northwest Reno.  You can find more information about the group here:  http://renotahoepleinairpainters.blogspot.com  It was a beautiful day and it was wonderful to sit under the shade of some willow trees and paint amongst the birds and other wildlife.  

View from Rattlesnake Hill     6 x 9   watercolor on paper
Yesterday I took my Western Nevada College Watercolor I and II class to paint at Rattlesnake Hill in Fallon.  I painted this little painting in between making my rounds amongst the students.  One group set up at the very top of the hill while another group painted near where we parked our cars.  It was a steep little hike up the hill and I enjoyed the exercise and fresh air.  I encourage my students to find their own personal artistic voice and I am always amazed and humbled to watch their visions unfold. 

Desert Sage     8 x 10     pastel on paper

Okay, this one wasn't painted from life.  I did it a day before painting with the Reno Tahoe group in anticipation of painting outdoors.  I painted it from a photo I took one day last summer when I took my daughter to practice shooting her bow on BLM Land (Bureau of Land Management).  Although I wasn't painting, I took it all in and remembered it clearly.   I used to primarily paint en plain air years ago and was a member of the Alabama Plein Air painters.  I am also an invitational member of Florida Plein Air. Many artists will tell you that painting from life is the best way to learn to paint and I agree.

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