Heaven in Taos, a Workshop with Morgan Samuel Price

September 2, 2016 in Landscape, Plein Air by joanvienot

Photo of Joan Viewnot painting, by Morgan Samuel Price at MSP workshop in Taos, NM, August, 2016. At right is the painting Joan was working on: http://joanvienot.com/galleries/landscape/attachment/2016-0817-taos-storm-coming

Joan Vienot painting, photo by Morgan Samuel Price at MSP workshop in Taos, NM, August, 2016. At right is the painting Joan was working on: http://joanvienot.com/galleries/landscape/attachment/2016-0817-taos-storm-coming.

In mid-August I traveled from my home in Northwest Florida, to Taos, New Mexico, for a plein air workshop with my favorite instructor and friend, Morgan Samuel Price. I traveled with Beckie Perrott, also my friend and a member of the group I paint with every week, the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters.

The sunlight is positively beautiful in Taos, especially early in the morning. The landscape is greener than I had imagined it would be, probably because it rained usually once a day.

Beckie and I stayed at the extraordinary B&B called Adobe & Pines Inn, which I rate with 5 stars! Our host, Christine, was so sweet and accommodating, and prepared fantastic breakfasts for us every day.

One of the artists in the class was local — Don Wallis, who helped find interesting places for us to paint, and shared his studio one afternoon when it was too rainy to paint outdoors..

Much of what Morgan taught seemed to me to be the first time I heard it, but she said she teaches generally the same concepts in every class. Maybe it has taken me three workshops to hear what she is saying!!

Below are the paintings I produced in Taos, each done with specific goals from what I was learning. Several are quite small, my intention being to make little practice pieces before I dug in with the concept I wanted to focus on. There were so many shapes I had never painted before — by painting a practice piece first, I was hopeful that the subject then in the second painting would not present as much of a challenge, so that I could pay more attention to the goal of the lesson. This strategy was not very successful — most of the time I bogged down and used up all the painting time on the practice pieces, leaving precious little time to do a second painting!

Oil painting of the labyrinth at Adobe and Pines Inn, Taos, NM

Labyrinth at Adobe & Pines Inn, Taos, NM

Oil painting of the side of San Francisco de Asis Mission, Taos, NM

San Francisco de Asis Mission, Taos, NM

Oil painting of the back of the San Francisco de Asis Mission, Taos, NM

San Francisco de Asis Mission, Taos, NM

Oil painting of the wildflowers and fenced meadow at Overland Sheepskin Co, north of Taos, NM

Wildflowers in the back 40 at Overland Sheepskin Co., Taos

Oi painting of 3 horses in a fenced meadow, Taos Valley, NM

There were 4 — one got away unpainted!

Oil painting of sage in bloom in Taos, NM

Sage in bloom, Taos

Oil painting of the very short blue door and the courtyard path in the Taos Art Supply courtyard, Taos, NM

Taos Art Supply Courtyard

Oil painting of the bridge and reflective water at the Hacienda Martinez, Taos, NM

Bridge at Hacienda Martinez, Taos, painted indoors, photo reference provided by the instructor. The other paintings were done en plein air.