Painting the Wild

Painting the Wild

MIsty Lake

“Misty Lake” almost above tree line. Oil, 18 by 24, oil.

Last week for some inexplicable reason the bug hit to switch over to pastels.    This may have been caused by the plein air piece “Evening Light Festival” sitting next to the sink in the studio.   I had started this painting on location some years before but it never got the finishing touches.  Perhaps painting the wild means you switch mediums every few months!  The piece lacked the front foliage detail and had a big swipe across the sky region.   Once the pastels are out, it is easy to get going!   The stimulating colors and creamy textures draw an artist. Demonstrations are especially hard to complete in a 45 minute time frame when painting the wild.  “Before Winter” was completed in that time frame but without much detail.   An hour of concentration in the studio rendered the rocks under the water, detail in the trees and mountains.   The skies are especially blue in Montana, Colorado and Wyoming and so hours were spent on the clouds and sky in this painting.   Believe it or not clouds are especially hard to paint because they are very random in their detail.   Our brains want everything to fit into a pattern and clouds rarely do! Painting the Wild is a full time occupation for me.  “Misty Lake” came from my imagination and from years of hiking around parks in Colorado and Wyoming.   This is the last oil I worked on before trading out to pastels.  Having shared this glimpse into my studio, the passion I have becomes visible to those who appreciate the sacrifice art takes!

"Before Winter"

“Before Winter” 18 by 24, Oil. This painting began as a demonstration piece for an art venue.

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