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"The level of achievement that we have at anything is a reflection of how well we were able to focus on it."
-Steve Vai

Saturday, August 9, 2014

DIS Plein Air Outing 08: Castelwood Canyon!

This week, the DIS Plein Air Club made a trip to Castlewood Canyon State Park, to paint, hang out, and have fun. I joined fellow artists Clay, Dylan and David for a day of painting and fun.
DIS stands for Denver Illustration Salon, a collective of local illustrators and artists. 
The trip was special for me. Ever since the Spring/Summer Medieval Fantasy Photo Shoot in May, I have been wanting to get back there to take more photos when the foliage is in all its glory. Plus, it's just a Dam cool place. (Pun intended.)
After much scouting - and of course, there are SO many cool spots just along the walking path, the choice of where to stop and paint is not easy - we settled in and set up around the top side of the Dam.
I feel like I'm starting to get the hang of plein air painting, and excited to keep improving.  
Here are some photos from the trip:

The Falls.
We'll have to return again
to paint here!
Dylan and Clay check  out the
scenery near the start of the trail.
Great scenery everywhere.
Hey, where's Little John?
Dam right.
David checks out the view from the
top of the Dam - and the progress from
the other artists.
The view looking over my easel.

The view from David's easel.

The view from Dylan's easel.
(Clay was situated around the other side
of some trees.)
The weather started moving in,
just about the time we were ready to pack it up.
Well okay - we could have stayed there forever...

My watercolor sketch from the trip.

I am sure that the sketches, and the reference photos, will lead to even more fun art! Stay tuned!