I am here in Jackson Hole, WY for a good part of the summer. Because I’m surrounded by mountains that’s the obvious subject to paint, so I’ve grabbed a few small canvases and set out to see what I can do.
The Teton’s (we are at the edge of Grand Teton National Park) are so beautiful, the highest peak reaching close to 14,000 feet. It’s easy to see why my husband and I fell in love with the area. The thing about the mountains though is that they change SO quickly. All the more challenging when I’m out there painting. Some would say fun but I like “challenging” better. This little study was done in late June with summer showers all around. The overcast sky brought out the true colors in the mountains. You’ll see in another painting I’ll post soon how purple the mountains can look in the sunlight.
I’ve been thinking about packing my small pochade box and paints in a backpack and bringing them on a hike into the mountains. I haven’t convinced myself yet though, mainly because the view from “down here” in the valley is amazing.
Next week I have a night at the Jackson Rodeo with a friend planned. I’m hoping to get some reference photos at the rodeo. Then the following weekend I’ll drive 3 hours to Riverton to a big Native American Powwow here in WY. I’m hoping to get some good reference photos at the 2 day celebration. I’ve never been to a powwow before and it should be interesting and I’m really looking forward to it.
Meanwhile, the mountains are calling.