On the Road to Cripple Creek
The drive up to Cripple Creek from Colorado Springs was spectacular. I drove by sweeping vistas, jagged mountains, and cut out valleys. With Pikes Peak on my left, the turn toward Cripple Creek headed up a ridge of mountains past Mueller State Park. Up and up over 9000 feet, the drive suddenly crests a rise to reveal a lovely valley and the small mining town of Cripple Creek.
Looking Down at Cripple Creek
I was headed there to visit my friend, Nancy Mc Donald, who moved to Colorado from Los Angeles two winters ago. My second reason for traveling to this out of the way place was to participate in a plein air exhibition called Victor Celebrates the Arts which Nancy co-chaired this year with Kathy Stone.
I was very excited and a little nervous, since it was my first time at a plein air competition. For the next six days, I would have the opportunity to paint the local landscape, old mines and towns within a 10-mile radius of Victor. I was free to explore and paint until Friday morning, the deadline for handing in our finished paintings for the exhibit. The questions was, would I be able to produce quality paintings with the deadline looming?
- Victor Celebrates the Arts Part 2
- Victor Celebrates the Arts Part 5
- Victor Celebrates the Arts Part 6
- Victor Celebrates the Arts Part 3
- Victor Celebrates the Arts Part 4
4 Responses to Victor Celebrates the Arts Part 1
Sharon.. I'm so excited to see what you have to say about this event. The gorgeous clouds and the way the light hits the different spots in the hills promise beautiful paintings. I'm looking forward to seeing them.
Hope to see YOU soon.
How fantastic that you were "brave" enough to travel to such an out of way place for a week
The photos you took were beautiful, but the paintings you did were amazing. Love the scenes and compositions. I can certainly see why the three paintings were snapped up so quickly.
I'm so impressed with the progress and the amount of work you have done. So many quality paintings in so little time.
Thank you for the description of the your trip!
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