Plein Air: Vallecito Creek, CO

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Just southeast of Durango Colorado sits one of several reservoirs used to feed agriculture in the animas valley. We are on the namesake creek feeding Vallecito Reservoir. Pretty fast flowing, clear with a touch of mineral aqua. Most wonderful to watch (and paint)!

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I pick this view for the big rock. It will anchor the composition.

IMG_1151I choose warm and cool to block in shapes. Natural light is cool so shadows are warm.

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Gay is just up the path. So I take a break to check out her scene. Take breaks!

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Cleaning up.

Galleria

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Meredith Milstead, Vallecito Creek, 8×10, oil on canvas panel, 2013

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Gay Scheibl, oil on panel, 2013

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