I just remembered about entering the “Little Gems Show” held in the Open Space Visitor Center in September, and today was the final day to enter. The object was to enter up to 3 paintings no larger than 6×8 and it had to be certain marked areas around Albuquerque. I went to bed early to get up early to visit the Elena Gallegos Park which is an amazing park in the Sandia Mountains. I planned to do 2 works and get out before I get sunburned. Fortunately, after hunting for a scene that would look like a good painting, kind of like a lion hunting a gazelle (man it felt primal!), I found a couple good spots. The first was a rocky mountain range, just a section of it. It was about 10am so there were still dark purple shadows on the rocks. What I didn’t expect were the buzzing bugs around me. It was distracting and maybe next time, I’m bringing the bug spray. I liked the darker shadows I captured and the green textured ground. Without a break, I went right to the second painting. I didn’t have to move far, I just turned to my left and there was the huge valley below with ABQ in the distance, quite spectacular. My favorite part was capturing a rainbow effect of the desert with a few greens. The river has green trees surrounding it and the rest is pure desert. So I got both paintings done in several hours and drove back to Santa Fe, took pics of my new art and applied for the show online. Just in time!