Last Walk Around Santa Fe

Antique Lock I spent the afternoon walking around Santa Fe visiting the a few of my favorite galleries and took a few photos my new Leica. I dropped into Ward Russell Photography and had a nice chat with the photographer.

Ward Russell - photographer

Ward was a Hollywood cinematographer for many years prior to moving to Santa Fe to pursue his personal photography passion.

I also dropped into Monroe Gallery of Photography was exhibiting Mark Shaw's photographs. The Andrew Smith Gallery which we missed on our first visit has moved into a lovely location near the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

My favorite was Lisa Kristine Gallery, she is one of the great humanitarian photographers. Visit her website to see her exquisite vision. -L

Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe

santafe-090529-L9990925 We have spent the last six days at Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe, with over a hundred fellow screenwriters. The six days were filled with lectures, networking, and pitches. Though it is substantially smaller than the Screenwriting Expo in LA, we made many new friends and connected with fellow students from UCLA. The Conference was hosted at the The Lodge at Sante Fe.

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The workshops were small and allowed us both to find new inspiration to finish our current screenplays. The instructors are working screenwriters and professors from UCLA and UNC.

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The first day started with a Bacci Ball tournament and we lost our first game and won the next two to finish first among the losers. The field shown below was astro-turf and the fast surface added to the challenge and excitement. A fun time was had by all.

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During one of the breaks I walked around to take a few photos.

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Next week we participate in a Triassic fossil dig with the NM Museum of Natural History. Until then... -L

Wonderful Light

Bus parked at Los Campos RV Park in Santa Fe The clouds separated and a sun shone through a hole in the sky.

Storm clouds on the horizon

The campground is located a few miles from downtown and several large olive trees separate the site. When the wind blows the scent of the olive tree fills the air.

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A short while later the storm clouds disappeared and the light glistened in the olive leaves. -L

Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop

The Oil Painters of America held their annual conference and exhibit in Santa Fe. The Sage Creek Gallery hosted the 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils. The 200 painting selected were chosen from thousands of submissions. Eli Cedrone, one of the winners this year, offered a two day Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop and I signed up to attend. The photo below shows Eli at Sage Creek Gallery standing beside her winning painting.

Elli Cedrone

We painted the first day at the National Audubon Society grounds just outside Santa Fe. Eli did an demonstration both days and clarified many concepts for me concerning values and tones. The second day we painted in the morning on Canyon Road and in the afternoon in the plaza. The photo below shows the scene we painted and my initial block-in.

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Eli is a wonderful teacher, informative and patient. We had two wonderful days together and I left with a desire to continue my oil painting studies.

You can see more of Eli's fine art at www.elicedrone.com -L

Great Experience

santafeworkshopattendees_500x387shkl The workshop was a great experience. I met a lot of great people from all over the world (Australia was the farthest). We all had a good time together and learned how to better use our photographic and digital darkroom tools. I'm sixth from the left in the back row. -L