I started Day 2 at the Garden of the Gods. Bright and early, 8 AM. Luckily it was just a few minute drive from my Airbnb! (Colorado Springs would prove the easiest to navigate, with the most to do!).
The Garden of the Gods was an exercise in both painting red rocks (and shadows on red rocks!) as well as atmospheric perspective: getting the colors right for hills fading off in the distance.
Around midday, the "Garden" got crowded and I got hungry, so I left for some lunch. While out I also stopped by Red Rock Canyon Open Space and hiked around a bit (and of course, did a couple of sketches).
After that, I returned to the Garden of the Gods for some Golden Hour sketching! I did one from the top floor of the Visitor's Center, which has a brilliant panoramic view, and then drove around the park and found a space at Balanced Rock to park. I did one miniature 3x3" sketch and then one 1.5x2" EXTRA mini sketch of just the rock itself, as the sun set. All in all, I was very pleased with my first couple of sketching days! The colors and light in Colorado are so fun to sketch!