This summer, we migrate to New Mexico to beat the heat. I find myself at about 6,000 ft. living in the middle of a grassy pinion forest near Silver City. A perfect place to immerse in plein air painting. Nizhoni translates to “beautiful”.
Here are the fruits of the first week on the hillside.
As you can see, I like plants. In the wild, plants need each other to get started and mature. Groupings like this are called “guilds”. In the Sonoran desert we have the Saguaro Guild, which combines a palo verde tree and a saguaro and other smaller shrubs. The saguaro seedling uses the shade of the palo verde to get started and eventually grow up through to direct sunlight.
I use my plein air painting skills to observe plant relationships. Here I see guilds, not with saguaros, but pinion and oak trees. While observing plants, many wonderful animals drift through: elk, deer, turkey, many birds, lizards etc. definitely not lonely here.
Even though the temperatures are cooler, the sun is still pretty intense.
Sunny selfies for ya!
I can’t end this post without a plug for the upcoming Silver City Blues Fest, memorial day weekend. http://www.silvercitybluesfestival.org.
The Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) and Silver City Arts Association (SCAA) are putting on a plein air painting competition during the blues fest and I signed up!
Find out more at http://www.mimbresarts.org
It all takes place in Gough Park, 1201 N Pope St, Silver City. Gough is pronounced goff.
Here, I’m practicing on the pagoda, and liking more the morphology of the Park’s trees:
But I really rather prefer the view behind me for the quintessential New Mexico feel.
Hey, wish me luck!