3 studies under my belt, balmy temps (it was WARM, not even a coat was needed!) the place virtually to myself (one painting I literally painted right off the white line, since there were so few cars on the road) and LOADS of wildlife, too.
I LOVE those gorgeous spring days – definitely some of the best of the year…heck, maybe even ‘of a lifetime’!
|Warm Creek study - 12" x 9" plein air oil by Shirl Ireland|
|Lamar River study - 6" x 12" plein air oil by Shirl Ireland|
|My easel with painting set up over the Lamar River. Not a bad spot to 'bask' for a while.|
Here, in the West, the sun can come out and make it feel just about like a summer day. (You've seen those photos of skiers with shorts on?? They're not crazy - it can feel THAT warm - yes, even on the snow.)
So, I was basking.... Enjoying painting the snow with warm feet and hands. With the warmth of the sun on my back. Ahhhh - I love to be able to get snow studies without the 'winter dues'.
The wildlife must of been enjoying the mild weather too. There was a lot moving around...
|Bison - many, many out and about. This one was particularly handsome.|
|Bighorn sheep - nice curls!|
|There were about 15 together.|
I couldn't fit them all in the photo.... now that's A LOT of curls!
|AND - a mother moose with her calf. |
Looks like I will be getting my brushes going on some new wildlife paintings!
Our Yellowstone Zoo
- photos from our windows -
|On the roof last night....|
|and wading in the river this morning.|
There have been A LOT of elk on our property lately.