We were inspired. We made quick studies of whatever caught our attention at first and then settled in for longer poses and deeper explorations. We worked in the cool morning and warm afternoon paying attention to the qualities of light, intensity and contrast throughout the day. Morning and afternoon light appear warmer than noon light although morning does have a cooler, perhaps bluer, sensation due to moisture in the air. In the end it all depends on the artist to show us how they “see it”
Thumbnails from the sketchbook-they may not look like much but there is nothing like a quick thumbnail sketch to point you in the right direction…
“Mr. Chirpy” and Lunch
Notice the mysterious device in Betina’s hand…the super viewer.
This little dog is a natural hunter, although smaller than most potential prey, he is undeterred….
The lake surrounds are burned and many trees and vegetation are blackened. New green growth appears even more vibrant against the dark and branching patterns are prevalent due to lack of foliage. This stark appearance is beneficial for understanding underlying structures.
Look for contrasts in shapes, subjects and light. Keep it simple and look for 3 values, 3 distinctive shapes in varying scale, 3 subjects.
Thinking about what makes this site so special. In the limited time we have here what do we choose to capture? Rocks, plants, water, wildlife.
The trip is complete with the company of Pepe, El Jefe. He felt kinship in prairie dog country
83 heading north toward Empire Ranch in Las Cienegas National Conservation area. Empire Ranch is our 2nd Excursion destination. Views are expansive with big sky, prairie dog grasslands and oaks-a sharp contrast from Pena Blanca.
View west of the Santa Rita’s.