Today was a nice warm day with some great light and shadows. It didn't take to long to find something to paint and it just so happened to be a group of willow next to the creek on my property. I love my house, I have so much to paint from just at home I some times wonder why I travel looking for things to paint.
Today I wanted to get out of the cold so I deiced to go down the mountain to Red Rocks Park. This is a great place to paint. It has everything from fantastic colors to a large variety of things to paint. One of the nice things about Colorado is you can be in the high mountains to a south west scene in less than a half hour. I don't think I could ever get board or run out of things to paint.
Today I was out and I couldn't help but paint a rare site, the ever elusive... "Snow Trout". One just happened to be caught at Evergreen Lake this past Week and I thought I better put this rare site to canvas.
Today was my daughters Sweet Sixteen Birthday. For years she has had a running joke about her childhood in Prague. It just so happens that there is a restaurant in Morrison called Cafe Prague, and well, since I couldn't afford to take her to Prague I thought I would take a little piece of Prague to her, Happy Birthday Sweetie!!!
Today as i was warming up the rolling studio to head out to paint I noticed this fantastic warm glow coming from the hill side across the street from me. Instead of looking for something to paint the painting came to me. I unpacked the easel hung out in the front yard and had some fun painting the early morning mountain colors. When I finished I went to downtown Evergreen and noticed that the temp was 3 degrees! I thought, wow, today seamed so warm compared to yesterday.
Once again it was a snowy day. 3 inches of new snow on 30 inches of snow is enough for me. But the fun today wasn't over, the wind deiced to come and visit for a while, yah! The worst thing to paint in is wind, no matter the temp. It can be a beautiful 78 degrees outside but if its windy all you can think of is when will I be done, it's just a pain to paint in. Today was one of those days with a 20 degree temp, fresh snow with a 30 mph wind to blow it around, I thought I would find something that represents the day. Thats when I saw this great tree, looking how I felt. So I set my easel up next to the tree, weighed the easel down and let the paint fly in the wind. Every time the wind would give a gust, I hate to say it, but all I could think of was when will this be done. I usually try not to put a time limit on doing a painting. My saying It takes as long as it takes for me, I would rather overwork the painting than under work it. But today I put a time limit on. It was just to windy!
Tonight was a full moon and I wanted to do something a little closer to home since it was around 10 degrees. So I packed up the easel and took a little walk down the road that I live on. When I looked back, I saw this charming scene of the lights from my house on the snow and along with the full moon reminded me of a Thomas Kinkade scene. So, I couldn't resist painting my own home scene.
"Leave A candle Lit For Me"
I was so cold I almost forgot to take a picture, until this car went past. For some reason it made me think of light and a flash and oh ya, take a picture!
Today as I was out looking for something to paint on a snowy day I saw these groups of people ice skating and I though nice, I will paint some skaters. Well after I set up it I quickly became aware of how fast everyone was moving and unlike a hired model they just wouldn't hold still when I asked them to... just kidding. As I was pondering about packing up I noticed out of the corner of my eye and in-between all the fast movement was this wonderful slow moving scene taking place before my eyes. As fast as I could, I painted what I saw, a heart felt moment between mother and her child.
I used a limited palette because I didn't want to miss a single motion that only happens for a very brief moment. With a limitted palette I can focuse on the action instead of the color to creat the mood.
Today I wanted to try and capture some of the fresh snow that we just received. As I was looking for my scene I noticed this great little spot by the river and was more intrigued by the color than the amount of snow. So I broke out the shovel, made a trail, set the easel up and then let the paint fly.
Today we had a big snow storm hit us (about 30 inches of the white stuff) and after an hour of shoveling to get the rolling studio out it was time to relax and do some winter painting. I headed to one of the local cabins and liked I had hoped it looked great! For a snowy gray day I found plenty of color to paint!
Today I wanted to get some painting in before the snow storm. So I packed the van up and went to one of my favorite places Lair O' The Bear and there was some great light today. I found a little spot full of warm auburn light and wonderful cool blue shadows.
Today I thought I would wait and do a nocturnal scene. The moon looked so good the night before that I thought I would try and capture it tonight. Boy am I glad I waited because we had a wonderful site tonight, a big bright storm halo around the moon. It was beautiful and there was almost as much light as a full moon. As the old saying goes, "Good things happen for those who wait" and tonight proved this to me.
"Storm Halo" 8" x 10"
My storm halo, to bad my camera doesn't see the same thing as I do.