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I will post weekly (or nearly) some of my opinions, insights, ideas, and adventures about art, travel, plein aire, pastel, and whatever's happening. Join me, feel free to add comments, follow along as I paint and write and explore
Blitzen was unhappy with Donner. "He forgot to get his flu shot. And..."
Rudolf felt un-needed, of course.
Santa hid his GPS in his pocket.
But that Rudolf had his nose out of joint was the least of his problems. With Christmas one day away, Blitzen came tattling.
Santa began to worry. He couldn't remember all the addresses he had to deliver presents to in Cincinnati.
Santa grumbled. He hemmed and hawed. After a few weeks of brain games he remembered Cincinnati, but had forgotten Little Rock.
Mrs. Claus gave him a new phone with a GPS.
Rudolf was not happy about that.
Santa was feeling poorly this summer so he went to his doctor. Dr. North recommended exercise and smaller portions.
Santa took his doctor's advice very seriously. He wore out the reindeer practicing his driving. He wore out the elves wanting more and more toys. Finally Mrs. Claus baked him two dozen chocolate chip cookies, three dozen frosted gingerbread cookies and a suite of fruit cakes.
Every thing is back to normal now.
A promise is a promise, and I promised we'd go on a plein aire trip this year. Finally it came together in middle November. We stayed at the Adventure inn in Moab - my favorite motel in Moab, and painted for three days. The weather was perfect - until the wind came up the last day. Everyone worked hard and created lively and great paintings. We had a ball, ate a lot of good food, and saw the sites.
Arches National Monument is one of my favorites. We spent the day there; in the morning at Double Arches, and in the afternoon at Balanced Rock.
Balanced Rock is one of my favorite land forms to paint. I've done it before and I never tire of its grace and endurance.
Following are photos of the painters at work, and some of my balanced rock paintings. Teressa Carlton
Barbara Allen Amy Daniels
Balanced Rock in the Snow
Balanced Rock- fugue setting
The assignment was to use three pastels (plus colored paper) to create a composition. Light, middle and dark values. A challenge but I had fun teaching it - and doing it. Atmospheric conditions let us see the La Sals behind the rock.