Monday, September 29, 2008

Early Morning Light, Adams Gulch

"Early Morning Light"
Here's a small plein air study from last summer. I went out today and did two fall color studies, the trees are incredible right now. Way more orange and red then we normally see. I need to let the studies rest a day and take a fresh look tomorrow before I post them. Like most artists, I'm pretty hard on myself. I usually don't like what I do plein air while I'm there working and completing the painting. I love being outdoors painting, but I feel overwhelmed with the beauty I see around me. Back in the studio indoor lighting usually reveals a pretty good painting...usually, not always. Need the duds to keep me going back. Which I need to do more often. Maybe make a commitment to so many panels done outdoors? Could only help.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

" Early Morning Adams Gulch "
The location for this little painting is one of my favorite local places to hike, which I did last Friday with a good friend. It was painted on a very smooth gessoed masonite panel which I toned a yellow ochre ahead of time. The slick surface keeps my brushstrokes loose and lets lots of the toned board show through, adding little touches of the feeling of light.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Silver Creek, Idaho flyfishing, brown trout

" Silver Creek "
6" x 8"
This little plein air study was done at world famous Silver Creek which is 30 miles south of where I live here in Idaho. The Nature Conservancy owns much of the land preserving a very delicate habitat. Wiley brown trout are the attraction of this high altitude spring-fed creek.
I used a medium with my paint and the result was a more fluid look and feel to the finished painting.
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Friday, September 5, 2008

Labor Day Weekend 2008, Clydesdales

Budweiser Clydesdales
Labor Day Weekend 2008
Last Saturday was our annual Labor Day Big Hitch Parade. The highlight of the parade are the 6 antique ore wagons pulled by a 20 mule team. However, this year was special because one of the six Budweiser teams came. The day after the parade they brought the team to the horse pasture across the highway from me. I spent over 2 hours photographing these amazing animals, their handler/drivers and two year old Dalmation, Bradley, buffed-out wagon, not to mention the three beautiful semi-trucks that carry them over 300 days of the year around the country! Oh, two other great parade entries: a tiny wagon pulled by 6 Corgis and two Texas Longhorns with riders! This is the largest non-motorized parade in the USA. Last year all Labor Day activities were cancelled due to the huge fires here. It's the last busy weekend before fall slack hits. The locals love the slow down time before a busy ski winter.