Day Eleven-30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
12″ x 12″ Acrylic on gessobord.
One year my husband and I traveled to New Mexico, through the beautiful Chama Valley area, then on to Durango, Colorado. One day while there we took a day-trip to Mesa Verde National Park in Southwest Colorado. We were very pleased we didn’t miss that opportunity. The archeological evidences of the civilizations, who called that area home, are astounding. Yet, the terrain, while lovely and dramatic, seems anything but hospitable.
In those days I used slide film to collect reference material for my painting and still have all of them. I’m one of those “studio artists”, meaning I prefer to paint indoors, in the air conditioned, bug free, atmosphere of my little workroom…complete with a sleeping cat or two for company. Other artists prefer “plein air”, painting outdoors directly. To each his own.
This is the second time I’ve painted this scene. I want to visit Mesa Verde again. Maybe next year.