Breathe deep! Crisp, fresh, mountain air, and delicate alpine wildflowers fill the scene before you. The gentle wind softly tosses your hair while a group of songbirds cheerfully volley a variety of tunes across the meadow. This is why I paint en plein air! While I LOVE my studio, it lacks many things that only nature can provide.
This painting features a scene from Oregon. It is of Mt. Hood and one of the picturesque meadows that pepper it's lower slopes. About 170 years ago, in this particular meadow, pioneers rested their horses, set up camp, and prepared for the final leg of the Oregon trail. It was a brutal 2200 miles that brought them over mountain ranges and across wild and rapid rivers. What tenacity these early immigrants must have possessed to endure such an ordeal!
This painting measures 6x6" and was painted on a hand made glacier silt panel. I harvest the silt in Alaska where this fine grey sediment coats the shores of many streams and tidal zones. This material serves as a beautiful, grey, toothy surface to accept my oil colors. If you look very closely you can see pieces of it showing through my broken brushstrokes.
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