Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Boquillas Canyon" in Big Bend National Park

9 x 12
oil on hardboard

Have just returned from a paint out with the Outdoor Painters Society, all of the 28 attending artists making the long drive to The Big Bend National Park in far southwest Texas. On the first day we traveled over 30 miles into the park to Boquillas Canyon and had this fabulous view of the Rio Grand River separating the US from Mexico. I never dreamed there would be so much action in this remote part  of the world, hikers of course, but the Mexicans on horseback crossing the river about every hour to check on money that might have been left in the little craft areas they had set up on our side of the river. And then there was Victor standing on one of the large boulders on the Mexico side, serenading anyone who came into view in hopes of money being left in his cup on the US side. What an introduction to this part of the border!


  1. Wow, what an experience. Love the story. Beautiful job on the boulders and the sunlight on the water. The color combination is lovely!

  2. It sounds like a lot of fun. I'm sure you were productive. I really like this one with the nice warm colors. So light and airy.

  3. What a beautiful and successful complementary color scheme in this piece, Ann! Really a stunning piece! I too enjoyed the stories of your plein aire experience.

  4. Thanks for sharing your stories - sounds like a wonderful experience painting. I like the palette in this piece. The foreground looks soft in comparison to the hard rocks.