A beautiful Saturday morning of painting with the Teton Plein Air Painters in Grand Teton National Park. Twenty two of us showed up to paint in conjunction with the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival.
It it was a glorious day, look at that blue sky! The plein air group is a fun and talented group of artists. I especially loved that many tourists stopped by my easel to see what I was doing. It was fun to talk to people who were visiting from all over: a charming man from Vermont we is a wood carver, a fun couple from Nevada camping across the country for the first time in 30 years, a couple from New Jersey who was on day 20 of a driving vacation, and tour buses with people from all over the US. I really cherish each one of the conversations and it’s fun to be a tiny part of their vacation as in “remember those artists we saw in the park?” Or maybe that never comes up in conversation.
It was fun to get out and paint with the group. I brought along a photo of an elk just in case I wanted to add something to a landscape. I ended up painting the elk and enjoying painting the elk so much that I didn’t add much else into the painting. I didn’t want to distract from the elk and I liked the raw quality of leaving some of the toned canvas showing.
A couple of people even inquired about purchasing the painting right there on the spot, but I really wasn’t far enough along to sell it.