Saturday, October 29, 2016

Old Faithful- Yellowstone Park Centennial

Old Faithful                            10" x 8"                       oil on linen

This was a particularly great year to visit Yellowstone Park due to the Centennial celebration. We went at the end of September and the park was showing great early fall color. I have seen the Old Faithful eruption several times on this and in a past visit. But, this one was particularly good because the breeze seemed to carry the spray even higher and further than usual. It's always a fun experience. 

I like watching the crowd that gathers and waits for the show and the color makes for nice contrast in the landscape. Then, of course I wanted to create the fullness of the eruption and transparency as the plume falls and wafts off into the sky. 


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sam On The Upper Madison


Sam On The Upper Madison                  oil                       8" x 10"
This is one of the friends we traveled with to Yellowstone a couple weeks ago. It was a bright sunny day and my husband caught Sam in the perfect action shot with wonderful color being reflected in the water.


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Monday, October 10, 2016

Spring Thaw, Rainier Nat. Park

Spring Thaw                   oil                     12" x 9"

I painted today using a photo from our trip to Rainier Nat. Park in July. I tried to keep the edges soft to convey the soft wet ground and spring color that was coming alive. I used a wash of umber underneath to establish the basic value plan. Then, I noodled around with a variety of edges and points of color. Painting it really brought back the feeling of that sunny, cool day and the path we were walking.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Fall Run, fishing on the Madison, Yellowstone Park

   
    Fall Run                                                                Oil on linen panel                                     9"x12"

I still have a lot of the images from our trip in mind. This is in Yellowstone Park, on the Upper Madison river. The contrast between the golden grasses on the banks and cool blue waters were too good to ignore. After a couple cloudy, rainy days the sun broke out as well and gave us wonderful sparkle on the water. This was a fun one, where I felt my idea for the painting came through directly and without fuss!

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

O'Dell Spring Creek




    O'Dell Spring Creek                                        oil on linen panel                                     9" x 12"

Back from travels now and this one is from O'Dell Spring Creek, in Ennis, Montana. It's always a little difficult to paint again after a break, something that continues to surprise me even after many years of painting. This one for example, is a thicker application of  paint than I usually use. I'll have to remind myself again of my more familiar approach, using thinner washes in the beginning stages.
Time and patience should get me there.....

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