After spending very little of my summer painting I was beginning to feel the frustration of bottled paintings. I was definitely looking forward to some much-needed focused down time just for painting.
Last weekend I was able to take a much-needed Retreat on Painting.
Several of my Plein Air Austin buddies booked the remote ranch on Dutch Mountain in Llano county for a weekend of painting. We eagerly ventured out of cellular reception and drove into the remote dirt roads of Llano county. A 3 day weekend of Glamping (camping in a remote area with a glorious hot shower and full kitchen!) and painting – Plein Air style. No internet, no painting quotas, just take it in, and paint what you find. Look, relax, recharge, Paint, recharge, Paint…It was fantastic.
Each morning I found my self awestruck and giggling with the joy of simply watching an unobstructed view of the sun rise across granite basalts and open scrub brush and paint the sky in new tones of pinks and blues every few minutes! Then watching as hushed deer calmly walked across the grounds. And the views were simply amazing!
Then we would grab our breakfast and coffee before packing up and driving out into the mesquite brush and harsh granite rock hills. The 5 mph drive trough Sandy Creek and UP to high point was a feat all its own, to which I was amazed I managed it so many times.
But it was so totally worth it to park at the top and look across the miles to watch people the size of ants pop up on top of Enchanted rock as we painted the morning lights and shadows.
Amongst all the excitement and giggles I did actually manage to paint a few the first day and a fourth on the last day. To which I must say I am rather pleased and even some what enchanted with them as well. I can admit I do a little happy dance inside every time I see these paintings on my shelf. My only regret was not remembering to bring my 35mm camera and zoom lens for better pictures. But I was not disappointed by the 12 megapixel camera my phone had to offer.
But I had gone there to paint and paint I did. Now I can’t wait for the next paint out!