Saturday, July 30, 2011

Paradise Lake

Paradise Lake
Oil / Canvas
24" x 36"

My studio painting from my plein air hikes up to Ptarmigan Lake. This is the lake on the way to the top lake. It apparently has no name so I'm calling it Paradise Lake.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

High Altitude Splendor

High Altitude Splendor
8 x 10 Oil

Went back up the Ptarmigan lake trail again. Here's the one from the hike.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ptarmigan Lake Hike

Made my first hike up the Ptarmigan Lake Trail by Cottonwood Pass, outside the town of Buena Vista. The trail was about 3.5 miles if I remember right. Took about an hour to get there. I was thrilled when I arrived at the the first lake on the trail. I took almost 200 photos!

I had trouble deciding what I wanted to paint because there was so many great options. I decided on doing a simple composition shown in the photo below.

One of the great views above the lake.

Here's me trying to cram all that scenery into a small 8x10

...and here's the painting. I'll be returning to this spot soon to paint some more views of this spot

Alpine Patterns
Oil 8x10

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mountain Valley Patterns

Mountain Valley Patterns
Oil 8 x 10

I really enjoy painting the San Luis Valley. I have some plans in the works for future paintings from the area.