Ronda, Spain, is one of the pueblas blancas (white villages) with Moorish roots built along cliffs for strategic defense advantages. The scenery in Ronda is especially spectacular. One day while my husband hiked I stayed behind to paint. There were so many views to choose from! Most of the wide vistas felt overwhelming to me, so I chose the more intimate setting of the lovely Alameda del Tajo park established in the 19th c. A musician was playing her dulcimer as tourists and residents strolled, lingered on park benches, and chatted with friends. Chirping and fluttering birds along with the scent of wisteria, orange blossoms and jasmine were carried on a warm breeze. When working en plein air I generally work for about 3-4 hours and get two paintings
started, taking a few photos of my scene as I go along. This allows me
to catch the light on my subject and finish the painting in my studio if
it continues to interest me.
I don't necessarily want to replicate exactly what I see (I have the
photograph to show me "reality"), but I do want
to capture what interested me about what I saw or my feelings or
memories about the day or the place. On this particular day I was
thinking about light and shadow
and pink blossoms. And I was feeling very, very happy.