Well it's good to begin the new year with a batch of plein air paintings! And actually I ended 2012 the same way I started 2013, painting outdoors and loving every minute of it. Thank God for vacations!! My wife and I spent 5 awesome weeks in Colombia for Christmas and New Year. We got back to reality (San Diego) last week. Though it's my fourth time in Colombia, this was the first trip that I was able to take my plein air gear. And I'm glad I did! I got a nice dose of inspiration. This first post was painted at a little mountain town called Pance, a popular destination because a river runs through the village and a lot of poeple like to swim and enjoy the cooler temperatures. By bus, it's about 2 hours outside of Cali, Colombia (where my wife is from). What you don't see in this painting is the bus ride. We were in a 25 seat bus (all occupied) and an additional 30 people were standing during the trip. Incredible. I was one of the unlucky ones standing and I was clutching my plein air gear the entire way up. But it was all worth it. This village had a lot of offer as far as things to paint. I could have spent an entire week there. More to come!