Pagosa Peak is an 9×12″ oil on canvas painted en plein air. I painted this piece at just about sunset. It is a quick study of Pagosa Peak with fall cottonwoods in the foreground that I will use in the studio along with several reference photos to develop a larger piece. I like to paint en plein air to get the true colors and to get a feel of the atmosphere from the experience. As I work in the studio I strive to capture the feelings of the moment on canvas. (I’m thinking, for the studio piece, I may have to put a herd of Elk in the foreground that I saw on the edge of town!)
Pagosa Peak is the highest mountain in the Pagosa Springs area. The hike to the top of this 12,640 mountain is memorable, so I’ve heard. Rather than hike it, I decided to paint it. While I’ve read that the view from the top is breathtaking and thrilling, I felt the view I had for painting was pretty breathtaking and thrilling. While Kathy and I did some exploring in the mountains today, this view of Pagosa Peak is pretty much the view we have from our condo.