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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pahvant Dusk - Utah Landscape Painting

Pahvant Dusk - 5x7 - Oil on Panel


The fading light was simply fantastic along our drive from Phoenix, Arizona, to Salt Lake City, Utah. The intricate pattern in the mountain ranges were highlighted by the glowing sunset, I was wishing we could stop so I could do plein air work! Between our tight itinerary and the freezing temperatures, though, that was NOT about to happen! The photos bring back the vivid memories of this gorgeous drive, and that beats painting in the snow in my book.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Snow and Sage, Utah

Snow and Sage,  Utah - 6x6 - Oil on Panel


I'm very excited to finally start working from the amazing photographs I took while driving through Arizona and Utah. Not that my photography skills are anything to brag about, but driving through that scenery, it's hard NOT to take a good picture!

We were rolling north along Highway 15, the sun was creeping down and casting the most beautiful light on what I believe, in checking maps after the fact, was the Pahvant Range. We had a great view of them, I only wish the sunlight had lasted long enough to get a view of the Wasatch. Maybe next time?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Along the Burnt River

Along the Burnt River - 6x6 - Oil on Gessobord


After my trip through the southwest, I've been in a bit of a rut. Nothing kicks me out of a rut like a good ol' cruise through Google Street View! The Burnt River Canyon is a brief detour off the route my family has taken for as long as I can remember to get to Boise, Idaho. It's a trip we make multiple times a year, trekking south and east on I-84, but I'd never noticed this little side road before. The red willows along the creek were simply stunning!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Calm in Horse Heaven

Calm in Horse Heaven - 6x6 - Oil on Panel


This is a companion piece to the previous one, the variety of shapes and possible compositions in the Horse Heaven Hills of the Columbia Basin are endless! I absolutely loved the atmosphere the rain gave to the desert hills.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Complementary Winter

Complementary Winter - 6x6 -  Oil on Gessobord


The winter haze was thick over the Horse Heaven Hills, the name for a ridge line overlooking Benton City here in beautiful eastern Washington. There was something about the way the cool purple upper crest transitioned into the golden slopes that really caught my eye. The atmosphere was a little mysterious and very paintable!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Crab Creek Winter

Crab Creek Winter - 6x6 - Oil on Panel


Where have I been? Well, this photo should clear things up:

Under the guise of helping family move, my husband and I went on a whirlwind roadtrip through the southwest! It was absolutely amazing, and it definitely cleared up why so much great plein air art is made down there. There is something magical about it.

Zion Canyon