Monday, February 22, 2010

The Window

5" x 7" oil on canvas on board
$100.00 + $10. s/h
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After leaving San Antonio, we headed east to Big Bend National Park.  It seemed like it took all day to get there.  Texas is a huge state!  And, once you think you're there, you still have almost 100 miles from the main road to get to the park entrance.  Big Bend is a beautiful National Park.  It covers more than 800,000 acres from an elevation of 2,000 feet on the Rio Grande River to about 8,000 feet in the Chisos Mountains.  We stayed for several days at the Chisos Basin Lodge.  Our guide books said to book way in advance, but we called the day before and got a room. I think that's the advantage of traveling in the off season.  Our 2nd morning we did a long, scenic 3 1/2 hour hike.  The weather got cooler and cloudier as the day wore on.  The painting above is of "The Window".  We had planned on hiking down to the canyon between the two peaks the next morning, but there was absolutely no view, severe winds, and heavy rain.
This is where I was set-up to paint.  The light has changed a little from when I started painting, this happens often!  But, it shows the view and weather and a little of the mountains off in the background.

I just received a great surprise in the mail.  I had passed on the Sunshine Award to Lee Brown of
"A Day Not Wasted."  He sent me A Day Not Wasted painting apron.  How great is that!  He lives in Monument, Colorado about 20 minutes from here.  Hopefully we'll meet some day.  Check out his great blog!


Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Lovely painting. Intriguing vista. What a window! Again, part of Texas you have seen and I have not, a 5th generation Texan. Jim and I want to plan a trip this fall to West Texas, the Davis mountains, McDonald observatory, Marfa and Big Bend. Did you go to Marfa? Did you see the Marfa lights?

Art with Liz said...

Oh my Pam I had a great time going back through all your posts and you really make Texas look great! Sometimes not logging on to the computer has added benefits - more to see.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Your paintings make me want to go out west to see all the beautiful vistas in your paintings. In the meantime, I can just dream and look at all the scenes you're portraying in paint!

Karen Bruson said...

Gorgeous view and nice job with the painting.

susan hong-sammons said...

What a fantastic trip. Your painting so accuratly caught the cool gray of the day

Pam Holnback said...

Thanks Debbi, We did not go to Marfa. It was close on the map; maybe next time. There is so much to see in Texas!

Liz, Thanks. Texas was 9is) great!

Janelle, Thanks. There are truly never endless paintings out there just waiting!

Pam Holnback said...

Karen & Susan, Thanks. The views were amazing. So much to paint!