Saturday In the Zapata

The Zapata Ranch area, on the slopes of the Mount Blanca along the Sangre de Christo Mountains, borders the Great Sand Dunes National Park and is one of my favorite places to paint. It is a local treasure with amazing diversity: long views to the Great Sand Dunes and across the valley to the San Juans, areas with cactus and pinion, and running streams flow through aspen glens and deep pine forests. On Saturday Dee Bartee, Kayleith Pellandini, Richard Luckermeier, all of the San Luis Valley Painters, spent the morning painting en plein air in the Zapata. Puck, Richard's faithful friend also came along, enjoyed a swim in the lake, a chase in the woods and put up with a little water color instruction.
It was morning well spent - especially for the painters and our pieces are in the bottom photo. Click on any of the photos to view them larger.


Chuck said...

Nice work. Wonderful memories.

Click my name above to see a shared experience.

AngelCatPainter said...

Looks like you all had fun and made some nice paintings too!! Sorry I couldn't make it.

I couldn't resist looking at Chuck's Zapata Falls photos also...some stunning black and white views. But coolest of all is to see them together at beginning...that would make an awesome gallery exhibition!

As for me... Coni, I am looking forward to the next class session--filled with your challenges and encouragement...

CYA next week, Judith

Terry said...

Glad you chose the aspen scene over the pond, turned out great