March 29, 2017
The frog pond was near where I parked and although I walked a short length of this very long trail, this spot kept calling to me.
Early in spring, there's no leaves on the trees (such a contrast to Montana, where I was last week and evergreens far outnumber any deciduous trees) so I was looking at trunks, reflections, dark shadows and deeply colorful water. I brought this into the studio this afternoon to adjust some of the color.
March 28, 2017
The movie A River Runs Through It was filmed along the Gallatin River. A few weeks ago, I went fly fishing there and took photos to use as a reference for a future painting. The fish were cold and sluggish -- I was even slower to set the hook and can only tell tales about the ones that got away.
March 22, 2017
Aside from the challenge of painting a view that truly changed every 5 minutes -- you could see the mountains in the distance, then they were covered in clouds, then the sun would break through, then it would rain/snow/sleet, then the snow melted etc. -- it was hard to paint the whole canvas when to reach the bottom edge I had to crouch next to the canvas or bend over. A studio easel lets you raise the canvas so you can paint the bottom at eye level and lower the canvas to focus on the top. What a difference it makes! I'm going to ship this back to my Maryland studio and finish it there.