In May, spring finally started to reach up to higher elevations, bringing with it changeable weather and rumors of bears. It’s an exciting time to be in the mountains—everywhere you look there are sharp contrasts and things you’ve never noticed before. Continue reading
April wasn’t all work, work, work. And although it felt like it a few times, it wasn’t all snow, snow, snow. Not quite….
There were a couple of days that were warm enough to switch back to acrylics for plein-air painting close to home. I started off by revisiting one of the first places I ever took my portable easel: Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, and some intriguing bluffs.
April was an interesting month. I started it off by starting a new job, without quitting my old one. New Job is a much longer drive away than Old Job, so I’ve been listening to some great books on CD, and I’ve also been thinking. Blogging in my head, as it were. Unfortunately, I also tend to be tired when I get home, and open Firefox or the WordPress app, and continue to blog in my head, without writing a word. Continue reading
I finally had an opportunity last Monday to continue my experimentation with gouache as a cold-weather plein air medium, with unusual results.
Well, the copy of Albert Bierstadt’s “In the Sierras” I started for learning purposes almost a month ago is finished. It was a valuable exercise, although not for all the reasons I’d expected, and I’d like to share some of the things I learned from it.
My copy of In the Sierras continues apace, but I’m feeling as if there’s a disconnect between the way I enjoy working, and the techniques that get the kind of results I admire so much.