Monday, February 10, 2014

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Kevin's Pond, 6x8 Oil

 My good friend and painting buddy,  Holly Kernes and I decided it was time for a PRT.  A Painter's Road Trip.  We headed down to Taos and Santa Fe for about a week and just had a wonderful, splendid, thoroughly enjoyable time.  We got very lucky, and found we had timed our trip quite by accident to correspond with a free demonstration and paint out with renowned artist Kevin MacPherson.  The demo was at his home near Taos and the paint out was of his beautiful pond.  I had bought his book years before and had, quite frankly, fallen in love with the pond he painted and showcased in the book.  The book, entitled,  Reflections on a Pond was a  series in which he painted the pond every single day of the year.  Each painting, believe it or not, is  completely unique.  Each varies in color or composition  due to different lighting conditions and seasons.  It was thrilling for me to be able to take my own stab at that little pond I had become so fond of through his 6x8 paintings in that book.  What  kind and generous hosts Kevin and his wife Wanda were.  They  opened their home to the artists, gave us a tour of their home and provided a delicious spread of food and wine to enjoy after a long and hot afternoon of painting. What a great start to an unforgettable PRT.  I will describe our next exciting adventure from the road trip in tomorrows post.

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