Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Yellowstone Lake and Lamar River - Two of my favorite spots in Yellowstone National Park

A Ray Of Hope - plein air study 12" x 9"
Yellowstone Lake Oil on linen

I've painted at the Lake many, many times. It can be a tricky place to paint because of the weather - volatile and often windy. But this day was a gift - even though there were storm clouds, the wind held off until I finished the painting. If you look close, you'll see some sand that blew into my wet paint! I'm using this study for a larger painting I'm just beginning.

Canyon on the Lamar - plein air study 9" x 9" Lamar River Oil on linen

My plein air set up is very portable. So it's fun to go into more remote places of Yellowstone Park to paint - places many people never see. I hiked in, carrying my easel and painting supplies in my back pack. When I found 'the spot', the best vantage point was on a rock in the Lamar River. I have a habit of stepping back often to see my painting. I had to curtail that on this one! While I painted, two eagles soared and circled above me. I don't think it gets any better...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Recent plein air paintings

Tree Serenade - study 7" x 12" Oil
Lamar River's Edge - study 9" x 12" Oil

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A glorious fall for plein air painting...

The weather could not get any better - it has been absolutely gorgeous here. I've been getting out to plein air paint every chance I can. I've even been dragging out a big canvas to work on - 34" x 44". I've been painting at some of my favorite spots in the world... Yellowstone Lake, Lamar River and Paradise Valley. I'm heading up Tom Miner way today. I'll post some photos when I 'come inside'.