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Lately, I’ve returned to my fascination with the abstractions
that fill the canyon walls.  The sandstone is prone to cracking
and spalling, creating these lovely patterns.

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you’ll remember that, during the pandemic, I hiked frequently into the canyon behind my studio to do some sketching in gouache.  Mostly, it was a way to keep calm, but it was also a way to study the subtle beauty of the canyon in depth.  The other day, I reached the end of Pandemic Sketchbook No.3.  Will the series continue?  Well, that all depends on whether we’ve reached the end of the pandemic.  We’ll see how it goes.

With the post, I present the final four sketches in No.3.  They are all 5×8 gouache.

Even if the pandemic is over (which I might argue against), I won’t stop sketching in gouache.  I think the practice is one of the best ways to get outside to paint with the least amount of hassle.   Sure, I’ll tackle the more ambitious efforts of painting en plein air in oil and pastel.  But when I want an easy day—and to keep calm—I’ll pull out the gouache kit.

By the way, the Plein Air Convention & Expo starts next week, May 17-21. 2022.  I hope to see some of you in Santa Fe.