I've had a good time painting up in Colorado the last 15 summers, from my place in New Mexico it is a great drive. I teach up at the Anderson Ranch Art Center and did a stint in Telluride. I have some paintings in the Telluride Gallery this month in a show curated by James Haywood a friend of mine through John McCracken. Jimmy, as known to his friends, was McCracken's best friend and we got to know each other through John when he lived in NM. I'm leaving to teach soon at Anderson Art Center in Aspen where this regular painting of the landscape started as I teach it there. We go out on the ranches of Snowmass and Aspen and paint up a storm-- literally most afternoons, so there are good clouds. These Penstemon flowers bloomed a couple of summers back-- they were amazing and became a theme in my studio paintings They are the something I look to happen as I paint out of doors giving me clues to my ongoing investigation.