I am in Victor, Colorado (about an hour and 15 minutes from Colorado Springs) participating in "Victor Celebrates The Arts" a 10 day plain air event. Victor is an old mining town, actually, the gold mine is still active, that sits at 10,000 feet! It's hard for some people to breathe at this altitude.
Anyway, at the end of the week artists can submit up to 5 pieces painted within a 10 mile area. Three pieces are plain air, 1 is a miniature (up to 4" x 6") and 1 is an interior. The scenery is spectacular, the mines are historic and the town is charming.
This is my first piece. I started with sketching in the buildings, then quickly putting in the shadows.
I have 2 plein air easels and set ups. My old Julienne which I use on car trips (how great is it to paint right next to my car!!) and an 8" x 10" Open Box M which I use if I'm hiking in to a location and when we travel by plane.
My next step was to quickly put in the shadows in the trees in the background, the sun is always changing outdoors. Then I put the lights in the first house.
Next I put the lights in the 2nd house and painted part of the shadow sides of the houses.
Then, I worked on the grasses in the front of the houses. Lastly I painted the trees in the back ground. I'll post the final painting later int he week.
The following pictures are taken around Victor: