Monday, August 5, 2013

Alpine Paintings

12" x 16" Oil on Canvas Panel
What can you do when summertime temps get into the 100°F+? You could sweat it out like I did in the last post - or - if you live near the Rocky Mountains you might just head up to where the air is cooler. The first Tuesday in July I went up high into the Wasatch Mountains to paint. When the paved road ran out I parked the car and walked about another mile to the scene shown in the painting above. Down in the valley things are getting dried out, brittle and more flammable. Up at this altitude though, things are still green, alpine flowers are blooming, and there are still small patches of snow tucked into sheltered spots. I enjoyed painting to the sounds of different bird songs, and got to see some other wildlife (deer, squirrel, rabbit and marmot) while hiking to and from the painting spot.

11" x 14" Oil on Canvas Panel
About a month earlier, I painted in the same general area, when there were larger snow patches and the alpine flowers had not yet fully come out. That day's painting is the second one shown in this post. The patterns of snow and rock in the second painting were what attracted my attention to the scene. With days like these and places like this, why would anyone want to work indoors?

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