Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Monteverde Afternoon

Monteverde Afternoon
6" x 8"  oil on canvas on board
$100.00 + $10. s/h

My husband and I just got back from several weeks in Costa Rica.  We spent one week at the beach and one week in the rain forest.  We had an absolutely wonderful time.  Loved every minute of our trip!

Before we left I painted ahead and scheduled posts.  I want to thank everyone for all of your comments while I was gone.  We had sporadic access to the internet and I wasn't able to comment on all of your blogs.  I'll try to catch up now.

This plein air piece was done in the rain forest of Monteverde.  Monteverde was founded in the late 1940's by a group of Quakers who left America due to their beliefs.  They refused to serve in the Korean War and consequently spent one year and one day in prison.  At that time this area was very, very rural.  The group brought their own bulldozer to build the roads.  Currently Monteverde is the center of the most developed and maintained part of the rain forests in the country.  We visited the Monteverde Biological Cloud Forest as well as the Children's Eternal Rain Forest, where we did a night tour.  Both were so amazing!

Painting one afternoon at the Mariposa B & B. 

A white faced capuchin monkey in the Cloud Forest Reserve.

Looking up into the canopy.


AutumnLeaves said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful painting, Pam. It doesn't get much better than this!

Susan Roux said...

Your trip sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing a few photos and a bit of history. Are we to expect more rainforest paintings?

art2cee2 said...

Beautiful photos and I just love your painting! :-)

julie davis said...

Gorgeous greens, Pam!

Pam Holnback said...

Sherry, Thank you. You're right. It doesn't get much better than this!

Thank you Susan. Yes, you can expect more!

Crystal, Thanks. It's so motivating to have new subject matter! Especially a trip!

Thank you Julie. The greens there were just amazing! Some so tropical that no one would believe it if I painted them!

Deborah Elmquist said...

What a fantastic experience, both artistically and personally. Love looking at the photos.

Dana Cooper said...

How great that you got to paint in such a lush setting Pam and with such beautiful results!

Celeste Bergin said...

great post---love the painting

Marian Fortunati said...

You captured a wonderful scene!

So glad you and your husband had such a great time in Costa Rica!!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Wow! You are the intrepid plein air traveling painter! It sounds like a marvelous trip and what luscious greens you saw and painted!!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Sounds and looks like a spectacular place. The greens are so rich in the painting and the photos. Love the misty blue in the background.

Pam Holnback said...

Deborah, thank you. Yes, it was such a fantastic experience! I loved it all!

Thank you Dana. I'm not used to such lushness. We just don't have this kind of foliage! I just had to try to simplify!

Celeste. Thank you so much!

Marian, thanks! We had the best time. I know that you love your vacations, too!

Thank you Katherine, I was a little overwhelmed by all the greens!

Catherine, Thanks. Costa Rica should be named Greena Rica. At any one time there were just so many green value changes.!