One paint-out was held at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison Colorado. I've been there at night for concerts but watching the sunrise over Denver is a spiritual experience.
|Red Rocks Amphitheater at dawn|
|Ready to paint the sunrise at Red Rocks|
|One of my paintings of Red Rocks|
I also decided to paint the State Capitol. It wasn't my first choice since it is an obvious choice but I found a unique vantage point and captured the sunset glistening off the gold-covered dome. I ended up painting by the lights from the Voorhies Memorial for an hour + after the sun set. As it got dark, more and more homeless people started showing up. One of them, named Bryon, said he loved my painting and though it looked photo-realistic. Later, when discussing something else, he told me he had vision problems and could only see fuzzy shapes ;-) That was a let down. When I asked him if I should be worried about some of the troublesome looking folks starting to congregate he said not to worry as long as he was around he would protect me. It was a nice gesture but he clearly didn't take into account I was armed with multiple paint brushes and cadmium pigments.
|Painting the Denver State Capitol|
|Bryon - a friendly homeless guy who I chatted|
with as I painted past dark.
On another day we painted at the Grant-Humphreys mansion. It's a beautiful old home and we had free reign of the grounds.
I used the sight-size method for my drawing of the planter below. The afternoon sun made the railings and planter glow against the dark foliage in the background.
|Sight-sizing initial drawing / values|
|Planter at Grant-Humphreys Mansion|
|Painting at Grant-Humphreys Mansion in Denver|
The mansion also has wonderful architectural details which I decided to paint a few days later. The piece I'm working on below required some detailed drawing. I need to go down one more time to finish the painting. So far it looks good; I'll post pics of it later.