For the last 7 or 8 years I've wanted to go to Bisbee to paint. After years of excuses of why it's not feasible, financially or otherwise, I finally just went. Shoe string budget. Didn't even rent a car, explored on foot. Rice and beans most nights ($2.50 at the Savory Spot restaurant)
painting en plein air is hard work. I sweated through climbing the crags around Bisbee, the hikes up steep staircases, up and down streets and alleyways, with all my painting crap, searching for a shady spot to paint. I do two paintings a day, only one of it turns out good enough to post. Basically I'm out 10 hours out of every day just hiking and painting, with only a 9x12 painting to show for it at the end of the day. I got better the last few days though, mostly because the techniques started coming back to me from when I used to do this every weekend.
This is me and the cook Barry at the Apache Springs Cafe, the Inn's restaurant.