Right after my trip to Big Sky, Montana, I flew off to Taos, New Mexico for my next plein air trip. This time, my husband Don, joined me along with Larry and Pam Smith, owners of the 2Smith Gallery in Duluth, GA, and artist Charles Cashwell, his fabulous wife and amazing cook, Rebecca Cashwell, artists Ed Cahill and Kendall Portis, and painter extraordinaire, John Traynor with his wonderful wife, Liz.

We all stayed in a big, beautiful historic adobe hacienda that dates back to the 1790’s. Completely modernized but has that old world feel.

Taos Garden
Just outside the hacienda we were staying.
Hard at work!

Hacienda 9 x 12 pastel
This small church was also right outside our door. Thought I would try it in oil.
Sunrise Service
Took a ride over to Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in Taos. Yikes, that is some view!

Even got to play golf at the Taos Country Club! What a fun and beautiful course!

Selfie with my husband Don on this beautiful golf course!
Painted one morning on a very narrow bridge overlooking a river.
The Mayor came by and presented us with this bundle of peppers! Charles Cashwell accepting the gift.
Getting into oil painting! View from the bridge.
Archway 9 x 12 oil
Ed Cahill painting with Kendall Portis
Pam and Larry Smith. This one cracks me up!
Charles Cashwell in action.


John Traynor gave an oil demonstration. I just love watching him paint!

John Traynor and Don Nowak – after painting Happy Hour!

Liz Traynor and Rebecca Cashwell. Rebecca was our chef for the week and put the whole trip together. She cooked amazing meals throughout the week so all we had to do was paint. Liz kept us entertained with interesting stories. Love these ladies!
Kendall Portis, who did amazing watercolors throughout the trip socializing with Charles.
Jerry Jordan, a well known Taos artist, invited us over to his home studio, where he gave us a presentation of his artistic journey. What a fascinating and talented man!

Visited the Pueblo de Taos where Native American tribe of Puebloan native Americans live. The pueblos are considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States.

Don and Ed at the Taos Pueblos.

Plans are already made for next year’s trip! It is so great to be able to take time to travel and paint! My 2 favorite things to do!!

On the way home, Don and I stopped in San Luis The Shrine of Stations of the Cross Church, way up on a hill.

The Shrine of Stations of the Cross Church.

Here is my rendition …..

The Shrine – pastel

4 thoughts on “Plein Air Tripping’ Part 2

  1. You get to do the coolest things as a painter! I want to be you! Love the paintings you did on your trips. Come when you can!

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