Plein Air: Sedona, AZ

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We cruise into Sedona on an afternoon in May. May seems to be a good month for the area, before it heats up.

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Gay whirlwinds us to the best painting spots…

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If it’s overwhelming, focus on a simple subject, close up.

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Like this juniper, for instance.

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Sedona appears…conspicuously inconspicuous.

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After site seeing, we get down to business.

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Next morning we begin at Bell Rock just north of the City of Oak Creek, gateway to natures’ monumental sandstone wonderment.

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Angela Alters.

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Pete Postures.

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Gay Glazes.

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Meredith Meanders…

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Later, Eddie takes us on a long hike. We forgo painting for some actual physical exercise, (instead of the usual mental exercise).DSC_0760

Our destination is Chicken Point but we must pass the Two Nuns first.

That’s them out there…those are they out there…thars them thar. Words…

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closer…closer…

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Nobody said anything about up, up, up…

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Nuns?

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Many Faces Rock.

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Action!

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At last, Chicken Point, looks like a spaceship, or a giant Cinnibun. Reminds me of that Dairy Queen commercial from the ’80’s where the landscape is entirely edible and made of chocolate, whipped cream, cherries and sprinkles…must be lunchtime.

Chicken Sandwich Point.

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Suddenly, right in the middle of nowhere, Pink Jeeps.

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Angela relaxes with her spindle.

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Eddie sketches.

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Back down.

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Sedona, hike your heart out.

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Wait! (omg) Check out this reflected light.

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After recuperating we head out for the sunset.

Moonrise over Courthouse Rock.

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A Teeny Triptych of a Monumental Subject

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A trip to Sedona is not complete without a trip into the actual town of Sedona.

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Wins the Gold Medal for diversity.

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Tlaquepaque hasn’t changed that much since it was built in the 70’s to mimick a cool spanish colonial hacienda complex…stop in for arts and crafts.

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We check out the Beret Section at the local artist’s emporium, we are painters after all….

Some different styles:

La Militante

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La Cafe

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On our final morning we paint at the base of Cathedral Rock.

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There are people climbing all the way up, looks pretty thirsty-hot, better to paint instead.

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The secret is to use all of your brushes at the same time…

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Angela develops a pastel painting.

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Methinks Meredith might take a moment to organize her colores.

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Or feelings? Gosh…no wonder color can be such a touchy subject…

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Another view of Cathedral Rock from the east…ever changing.

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Well, that’s it for now. The landscape here is out-of-this-world and the colors are unbelievable. The temps this trip were perfect for painting and hiking. You must Plein Air in Sedona, even if you’ve never painted before, start in Sedona. It’s never too late…don’t miss out…no regrets!

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Fin…

Later, after the experience has percolated, I set out to enhance field work,  taking the color notes off the back of each little painting and mixing up a palette of all field-determined colors.

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When you are not 100% happy with your work, wait a while. If you are still not satisfied, fire up those paints again and…enhance!

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Sedona Galerini

Coffeepot Rock Vista

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Coffeepot Castle, 6×6, oil on panel, M.Milstead

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RedRock Coffeepot, oil, Gay Scheibl

View from the pool sky value too light

East of Coffeepot, pastel, Angela Alter

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Sunset Trifle, 6×6, oil on panel, M.Milstead

Bell Rock Vista

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Bell Rock, oil, Gay Scheibl

Bell Rock softer sky n bushes

Bell Rock, pastel, Angela Alter

Courthouse Rock Vista

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RedRock Ombre, oil, Gay Scheibl

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Sedona Glo, 4×4, oil on panel, M.Milstead

Courthouse Rock at Moonrise

Courthouse Rock at Moonrise, pastel, Angela Alter

 

Cathedral Rock Vista

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Cathedral Rock, pastel, Angela Alter

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RedRock Break, oil, Gay Scheibl

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Spring Cathedral, diptych, 6×12, oil on panel, M.Milstead

Cathedral Vista East

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Complementary Stones, oil, Gay Scheibl

See more of Gays work at www. GayScheiblArt.com.

All content copyright Meredith Milstead, Gay Scheibl and Angela Alter.

5 thoughts on “Plein Air: Sedona, AZ

  1. I LOVE this documentary of our plein air adventure! We must do it again!! oh so much to paint, oh so little time…..

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