Friday, September 27, 2013

Montana Cabin



















Oil on Panel
12"x16"

This was the cabin that the six artists stayed in for a week to paint and view the sites, mainly Yellowstone. The cabin is located on the J Bar L Ranch owned by one of the granddaughters of the Rockefellers. The ranch is in the very Southern area of Montana near Idaho and Wyoming. With 20,000 acres, it took 2 hours just to drive across the rand from East to West.


Early Morning at the Ranch



















Oil on panel
12"x16"

During the first part of the week we drove to the ranch to see the cowboys prepare the horses for the morning work. There were horses coming in from a night on the range to be fed and saddled. There were many photo opportunities and as I turned I saw this view of the moon with this strange color in the sky.

Yellowstone



















Oil on Panel
12"x16"

Midweek, we drove to Yellowstone to view the absolute wonders of this park. I set up my painting gear on the side of the road and painted this great view. Impossible to capture the feeling of the vast space, the running water, the fly fishermen wading into the waters, the animals roaming about. And, not forgetting the raven, about 18" long that was determined my palette had colored food for him.

Montana Barn



















Oil on Panel
12"x16"

This was another painting that took almost an hour to find. We drove across the ranch and turned North to reach the end of the 20,000 acres to find this barn sitting nicely on a hill with the Aspen trees behind.

Idaho Aspen



















Oil on Panel
12"x16"

This was the final painting during the Montana trip. We had to drive for almost an hour to get to the wooded area. When I saw this area, I knew this was the set up. Stood in the road and painted for about two hours. The Aspen were just starting to change. The area was about 100 yards into Idaho.