Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Virtual Paintout in Ecuador

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Christmas in Baños de Agua Santa
Watercolour and crayon
Charlene Brown

The Virtual Paintout is in Ecuador this month. This seemed to offer a good chance of finding mountainous terrain to paint and I first headed for the capital, Quito, situated high in the Andes at an elevation of 2850 meters. 

The city is usually within sight of the spectacular Cayanbe Volcano… but the only views of Quito I could find were pretty hazy, so I headed down to Baños de Agua Santa, sometimes known as the  Gateway to the Amazon, as it is the last city still located in the mountains before reaching the jungle of the Amazon basin. The atmosphere was lovely there, and I thought this Streetviewwith the Christmas tree in the centre, was just right for a December painting.