Year round one of my favorite hikes in Denver is the Mathew Winters trail that is next to Red Rocks Amphitheater. The reason why I love this hike is that year round and on any day of the week, you can join fellow hikers, bikers and runners in enjoying the open spaces of Denver, with beautiful views back on the city and of Red Rocks. This painting is from an early summer hike when various wildflowers were in bloom, sprinkled along the trail and up the mountainside. I always felt so lucky to catch a glimpse of these flowers, before they wilted with the hot summer days to come.
A simple still life, yet one that demonstrates the power of reflection. Many times I get frustrated when an instructor jubililently announces that we're going to spend the class paintings a still life. After my initial, oh joy, I try to find the most interesting objects (or at least the least weird) to paint. In this class I was facsinated with the reflections of the fruit in the blue pitcher. While I love the energy of the fruit itself, my favorite part is seeing their reflection, looking back at themselves, and feeling a little blue.
And a one, and a two, and a one, two, three, hit it! Jump, jive, all you wanna do is, jump and jive, yadda, yadda, yadda, yeeeeah! Oh, daisy, shake it!
The Arizona landscape is quite different from the powerful mountains of Colorado, yet is still stunning and beautiful, especially in the late afternoon glow. It's dry, warm, yet brilliant at the same time. It's this time of year that I start thinking about how nice it must be to spend 'winters' in AZ...but also how nice it is to not have to live there in the summers.