Category Archives: Stories Behind the Work

Video: Inspiration and Creation of “Favorite Trail”

Living in the Rocky Mountains, I spend a large amount of my life outdoors. Much of that time is spent being active; hiking, biking, skiing, camping, and backpacking are how I unwind and have fun with friends. Outdoor adventures are a huge part of what make me who I am, and the main inspiration for my paintings.

Last summer I shot several video clips of myself mountain biking the Colorado Trail outside Breckenridge. I literally pulled a frame from one of these clips and painted it a couple of weeks ago.

Check out the video here:

I feel so fortunate to live in such an amazingly beautiful place and to be constantly surrounded by inspiration. I bike as much as 5 days a week in the summer. Getting exercise and having adventures in the great outdoors is really important to me for both my physical and mental health. No matter how bad a day I’ve had, getting out on the bike at the end of the day clears my mind and makes me feel whole again.

I love depicting these experiences through my artwork. I hope that when you view my paintings, you feel the joy I feel when I’m out exploring the wilderness, and remember the happiness that you’ve felt in your own adventures.

“Favorite Trail” depicts a section of the Colorado Trail near my house in Breckenridge, one that I bike on a regular basis once summer is in full swing. The views are spectacular and the wildflowers are crazy beautiful. I love biking just before sunset, when the light is golden and rich, illuminating the landscape in a magical way.

“Favorite Trail” is oil on canvas, measures 36”x24”x1.5”, and is available for sale here.

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A Painting Commission for a Triathlete

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Earlier this year, a long-time friend came to me with a request – to create a unique gift for her triathlon coach.

I am in awe of anyone who does triathlons. I ran cross country in high school and never attempted more than a 5-mile race. I tried mountain bike racing a few years ago, and I decided then that the nerves that come with athletic competition just aren’t for me.

So I admire anyone who takes on any kind of race, let alone a race involving three different sports. Jesse is no doubt a strong, talented woman. She completed an Ironman race just a year after having her daughter! In case you’re not familiar with the Ironman Triathlon, that’s 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling, and 26.2 miles of running. Incredible!

Jesse wanted to thank her triathlon and Crossfit coach, JP, for inspiring and pushing her to reach her goals. We worked together to come up with the perfect gift for JP, who is of course also a triathlon racer.

Initially Jesse thought she wanted to represent all three sports in one triathlon painting, but I suggested that we do a triptych instead. This worked out nicely, because it allowed me to incorporate different color palettes representing the different times of day throughout a race day.

After several emails back and forth for swapping inspiration photos and ideas, plus one phone call, we had a plan. I also provided Jesse with computer-generated mock-ups of what the paintings would generally look like. Sometimes for a commission I’ll do a pencil sketch, but for this painting I really wanted to give her an idea of what the colors would look like and how there would be a common theme across the three paintings. The colors play an important role in depicting the energy of each sport and the mood of each event.

A few weeks later, the paintings were complete. Since she lives in California, Jesse approved the photos of the paintings I sent her via email. After two more weeks of drying time, I shipped them off and they arrived safely in a couple of days. Both she and JP and loved them!

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If you’re looking for a unique gift for someone special in your life, check out my commissions page for more information, or shoot me an email!

The Story Behind “Twilight Rescue”

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Today I finished up a new painting of a rescuer rappelling down a cliff side, tending to a patient in a rescue litter.

This is a little different than my usual subject matter – skiers, cyclists, hikers, and mountain landscapes. Why did I paint such a subject, you ask?

My husband and several of my friends are long-time members of our local search and rescue team, the Summit County Rescue Group. SCRG is one of the busiest rescue teams in the country. They respond to folks who have gone out for a fun adventure and have found themselves lost and/or injured. Volunteers assist people in emergency situations throughout the year, through feet of snow, during treacherous thunderstorms, and in the blazing summer sun. The group is very committed and dedicated to helping community members and tourists who get into sticky and sometimes dangerous situations. This year they even went out on Christmas day to help a party in distress. The work they do is pretty incredible.

On an even more personal note, I found myself in need of a search and rescue team’s assistance back in May of 2012. I was mountain biking with a group of friends in Moab, Utah and crashed on some slickrock. I broke my femur and needed surgery. Even though I was with my husband, who is a wilderness paramedic, and some other friends with medical training, extricating me would have been extremely time consuming and painful for me. I am forever thankful that the local search and rescue team was able to assist me on one of the worst days of my life.

I am sometimes in awe of search and rescue team members. Even though I’m an athlete, I’m not sure I would have the physical strength or mental stamina to do what they do. I am very thankful we have such a stellar group of volunteers here in my own county. Our little resort community gets flooded with visitors throughout the year, and the work the team does to keep visitors and locals safe is so important.

“Twilight Rescue” is one of two paintings I have created that will be donated to the rescue team. Saturday, January 30th, is the 2nd Annual Brewers Rock for Rescue event, which is a fundraiser benefitting the Summit County Rescue Group. Both of my paintings will be available in the silent auction at the event. There will be 24 breweries serving beer, and two Colorado bands: Oakhurst and Eufórquestra. All proceeds will benefit SCRG.

This was a super fun event last year, so I encourage you to come if you are a local or will be visiting the area! You can call 970.262.7370 to get your tickets. They are $35 in advance, $45 at the door…however, last year they sold out the morning of the event – so get yours now. Hope to see you there!

Sky of Gold

It’s now full-on winter in the mountains, but I’m still painting the colors of fall. Before the snow started to fly, I got out plein air painting a couple times during the peak of the golden hues of the aspen trees.

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One of the days I was out, the sky was such an intense blue – the kind of blue sky you only see in Colorado. While I was sitting at my easel, I snapped a bunch of pictures with my iphone, but this one was one of my favorites:

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I was so taken with the the contrast of the golden leaves, illuminated by the late afternoon sun, with the deep blue sky. I knew I’d later paint a piece inspired by this photo and this glorious day!

I’m going to tell the rest of the story in pictures (I apologize some of them aren’t 100% crisp – I was just so excited when I was painting this!).

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I’m working on loosening up my work, and it’s really fun! Once I got over the initial challenge of being a bit more bold and deliberate with my brushstrokes, it felt quite liberating. I’m also loving the painted canvas sides on this…it gives the painting a more modern feel and removes the need for framing.

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“Sky of Gold” can be purchased here.

Don’t worry, I’ll be painting some winter and skiing paintings very soon!

Step into My Studio!

With the recent remodel project at our house, I found myself totally overhauling my studio and getting reorganized. It seems like the perfect time to show you around!

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A recent visit to a friend’s house and her dedicated room for a studio got me thinking. She has a room for nothing but art, and it made me seriously jealous! Since I can’t dedicate a room in my house to just a studio, I started brainstorming on what little changes I could make to give me more space for painting.

My studio doubles as my office and a guest room. For years I’ve had an unnecessarily enormous desk that I inherited from a previous employer. Since for the time being, web and graphic design are still my main source of income, I couldn’t operate without a desk. So I downsized instead. I found a simple white desk that fits perfectly into the corner by one of my windows.

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I work on a 15″ Retina MacBook Pro, with an Asus ProArt 24″ monitor. Although I was infatuated with the giant Apple Thunderbolt display, I couldn’t justify the $1,000 cost. The Asus does a great job for about a quarter of the price. Not only do I use this set up for my design business, I also use it to edit and process the images of my paintings.

On cold days, it gets a little chilly by the window, so I sometimes find myself wrapping up in my favorite maroon and white afghan, crocheted by my Grandma Baldwin right before I moved to Colorado 11 years ago.

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It’s soooo cozy! I love working at my desk cuddled up in this blanket, sipping a hot cup of tea.

Switching to a desk with less storage required that I get better organized. The printer and router got moved into the closet, along with all my office supplies, some painting supplies, and framing components.

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I store my canvases, frames, and paintings inventory in a storage room in our basement. I really wanted to minimize clutter in my studio, since clutter always seems to distract me. I like keeping the big things in a separate place.

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By my easel, I’ve got a 4′ folding table where I keep my palette, paints, and brushes that I am actively using (I have about 4 times the amount of paints and brushes tucked away in drawers and bins!).

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I use Carol Marine‘s recipe for medium: 2 parts linseed oil, 1 part stand oil, 1 part Gamsol.

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My oil paints are Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Colors, which I have been happily using since high school. Some artists poo-poo using student-grade paints, but they work fine for me! I’ve also seen incredibly successful artists using the same grade of paints.

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I prefer working from a monitor rather than a printed photo. I use my 8-year-old Dell laptop, which as you can see has accumulated some paint smears! One of these days I’ll upgrade to a larger monitor, but for now this gets the job done.

Since I committed fully to my art about 15 months ago, I’ve been back and forth about painting in oils vs. acrylics. I’ve been experimenting with both, trying to decide if I want to go in one direction or keep painting in both. To clarify, I don’t ever use both oils and acrylics together in one painting. The only exception is if I do an acrylic underpainting and actually create the painting with oils.

One of the things that is most frustrating about painting in acrylics is how fast they dry. Last year I tried plein air painting in Colorado for the first time, and I almost threw my palette into the river because the paints were drying so fast!

However, over the summer I saw David Gonzalez, an acrylic painter from the Colorado Springs area, painting at an outdoor event with one of these:

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The sun was beating down, and it was hot, dry and breezy. And he was painting in acrylic! I asked him how he was managing, and he introduced me to the magical Sta-Wet palette.

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A large, damp sponge is placed in the tray, a special piece of palette paper is placed on top, and your acrylic paints are kept moist! I went home and immediately ordered the Sta-Wet palette for myself.

A couple of weeks ago I went plein air painting up on Baldy Mountain. I brought my new palette, and when I was finished I closed the lid tightly (it’s air-tight, but not completely moisture-proof). Today I opened up the palette and my acrylic paints were STILL wet! Amazing!

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Here you can see how dry my hands get – I wash them all the time when I’m painting, and no matter how much lotion I use, they are always dry and cracked.

Another side affect of being a painter is the smudges of paint that appear in your house. Here’s a smear of blue – I swear 95% of the time it is some shade of cobalt blue – on my closet door.

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If anyone has any tips for avoiding this, please let me know! I’ve come to accept surprise paint smears (on furniture, my car, my clothes, etc) as a fact of life.

So probably the best part about my studio is the light. Some artists prefer Northern light, but personally I like a bright, cheerful studio. I guess I’ve lived in enough homes over the years with poor light that I just want sunshine! My windows face East and South.

My East facing window’s view:

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The brown grass is a little drab this time of year, but you can’t beat that Colorado bluebird sky! I occasionally see critters roaming by – mostly dogs, birds and fox, but also deer and even the elusive moose. Neighbors have seen bears, but I have yet to see any (although we’re pretty sure our garage had a visit from one a couple months ago – we accidentally left the garage door open over night – whoops!).

My South facing window’s view:

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This is actually pointing more Southwest – the neighbor’s house is directly South and isn’t all that exciting for a blog post 🙂 The mountain range is the Ten Mile Range, which has just recently turned white with snow. You can see Peak 7 at Breckenridge Ski Area, as well as some of the runs cut into the trees on Peak 6. I know I am spoiled to have this view from my home and workplace!

I am so thrilled to finally have my studio all set up after a remodel-induced hiatus from painting! I started painting again over the weekend and it feels so good to be getting back into my groove. I’ll be posting new paintings very soon. I hope you enjoyed this little tour!

 

A Ski Painting Just for Us

If you’ve read my blog before, or follow me on social media, you know that my husband and I love to backcountry ski. I’m pretty sure Brian first fell in love with me seven years ago when I told him I was a big fan of it! We’ve been skiing together ever since, and get out as much as we can from November to May every year.

Unfortunately over the last few years, we’ve both faced more than our share of injuries and physical challenges. We actually went two whole years without skiing together. In our world, that feels like a lifetime. When one of your mutual favorite activities gets taken away, it’s hard! But we made it through.

Last winter was our first season back at it together. I remember the first time it snowed enough last year to just skin around the Frisco Peninsula. It’s pretty flat there, and we didn’t make any turns. But just being out in the woods with my sweetie, with snow coming down in big, fat flakes, was pure bliss.

Since then we’ve been lucky to get out a lot together. We even spent our anniversary (May 4th), skiing Loveland Pass. I don’t know what it is, but backcountry skiing just brings us closer together. There’s something about being out in the wilderness, depending only on each other, our backcountry skills, and gear, that just makes us both feel at home.

For a long time, Brian and I had been talking about wanting a large skiing painting for over our bed. In the painting, I wanted to bring that feeling of “home” from the backcountry into our actual home.

Our bedroom has been the most-neglected room in our house from a design perspective. It was just plain boring! So I was excited to bring some major color into the room with a new painting. After completing new floors, new interior doors, and adding a gray accent wall in October, we finally hung the finished painting last week.

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A side note: we are not normally this clean! In fact, we are both quite messy. But we’d just put the room back together and managed to keep it looking beautiful for a few days (it doesn’t look quite so perfect any more!)

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Working this large was a real treat – I used very large brushes (#10s and #12s), which was liberating! You can really see the brushstrokes in the above shot. It’s a great technique I’d like to carry over into some of my smaller pieces.

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This painting is just so “us”! I love having something on our wall that represents how we love to spend our time together. It’s a daily reminder of some of the things that we value the most, and also a reminder to always have fun!

Bring winter on…we’re ready for more adventures!

A Painting Commission for a Family Who Loves to Hike Together

Back in June at the art festival I did in Breckenridge, I met a lovely couple from Houston who have a second home here in Breckenridge. They enjoyed my work and asked if I would be interested in doing a commission for them.

Initially they were drawn to my silhouette paintings of figures skiing and biking, but after viewing my website, they fell in love with a painting I did a few years ago, Lindsay and Chris Hiking:

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Alissa and Michael have two teenage sons, as well as an energetic golden retriever, and they love to hike together when they visit Breckenridge in the summer. They asked me to depict their family hiking toward the ski mountain.

A few days after the festival, I visited their home in downtown Breck. They had a specific wall in their home they were hoping to fill. When they purchased the home a few years ago, it came with some artwork that they wanted to replace:

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(Chicken artwork just isn’t their style!)

While I was visiting, they also took me out onto their deck and upstairs to their master bedroom so I could see their view:

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The view is one of the best things about their house, and they wanted the painting to almost be like a window looking toward the ski mountain. Some of their best family memories are of the times they’ve spent together in this town and on this mountain, so it was really important to them to include the peaks they see and explore every day when they’re visiting.

We agreed on a size for the painting (28″x22″) and ironed out some of the other important details. They wanted the composition to be framed with aspen trees, and wanted to include plenty of wildflowers.

Over the next few days I worked on a sketch of the composition so Alissa and Michael could see how everything in the painting would be laid out. I don’t usually do a sketch when I work on paintings, but for commissions it is sometimes important. I wanted to give them a preview of the painting before actually putting brush to canvas, and wanted to make sure they were going to be happy with the composition.

In this case a sketch was especially important because I usually work from photos, and a photo of this exact composition didn’t exist. Sketching allowed me to create a composition I could later refer to when painting. Alissa provided photos of each family member, and I took a few photos of the mountains from the roadside directly above their house. Together with some photos I had on hand of some aspen trees, I created this initial sketch:

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They were really pleased with the initial sketch and only asked for a few minor changes. They wanted to see more of the mountain range, and also wanted the figures to be just a touch smaller.

Rather than starting over with a new sketch or completely erasing the mountains so I could get more of them into the frame of the canvas, I chose to make most of my modifications in Photoshop. I drew the extension of the mountains by hand, but stitched together the pieces and scaled down the figures in Photoshop.

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This saved a lot of time and allowed me to get them a modified sketch much faster (I was getting ready to leave on a 2-week trip and wanted to get the sketch solidified before I left). They approved the second sketch and I was ready to start painting when I returned.

I started with an acrylic underpainting of the composition. I used a grid to ensure accuracy in my drawing when blowing it up to the size of the canvas.

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Dividing a canvas up into bite-size pieces makes drawing a lot easier and less overwhelming!

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Once I got the drawing down, next came the fun part – painting!

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I’ll admit that painting the figures was a little bit intimidating. It’s been a while since I painted more realistic figures (as opposed to my silhouettes). I had warned Alissa and Michael that I don’t necessarily do “likenesses”. I definitely don’t do portraits, but Alissa’s clear photos were helpful, and I really wanted to make the painting feel like “them”.

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The figures were the most time consuming part of the painting, but it was a fun challenge and once I had them finished, I felt like painting the rest of the painting was pretty much a breeze.

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At this point I only had the aspens and the wildflowers left to paint, so I was ready to show Alissa and Michael my progress. I typically wait until I’m about three-quarters of the way done to show a client my work. I find that when a painting isn’t as progressed, it’s sometimes challenging for the client to visualize what’s not yet been painted.

Since they’d returned to Houston, I emailed a photo of my work. Alissa responded saying they were “blown away” and couldn’t wait to see the finished painting!

Over the next week I added the aspen trees and the wildflowers:

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I emailed them the final photo and again they were thrilled. They weren’t sure if they wanted to add more wildflowers, but we waited to decide until they saw it in person. They had a trip to Breckenridge scheduled last week, so we planned for me to bring it to their house after they arrived in town.

Thursday morning I brought the painting over so they could finally see it in person. I brought my travel easel so we could have a place to view it upright:

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They decided the wildflowers “popped” more in person and that the painting didn’t need any more. They were happy and ready to take it to a framer!

It was a true pleasure to work with this family. We connected because of the things we both love about this place – the mountains, the trails, and the experiences. I loved having the opportunity to create something special and personalized for them, and to recreate what they enjoy most about visiting Breckenridge. It’s an honor to create something that a family is going to cherish for many years to come!

If you are interested in a painting commission for your family, please check out my commissions page! Commissions make amazing, personalized gifts that are held dear by their recipients. The holidays may still seem far away, but it’s not too early to start working with me on a painting for a special Christmas or Hannukah gift. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want to get started!

A Relatively New Hobby Inspires A Series

Last May I did something I never thought I’d do: I bought a road bike. This may not sound like going out on a limb to most of you, but I’ve been a die-hard mountain biker for about 13 years. I love the thrill of screaming down singletrack, exploring the backcountry, and just getting dirty. I simply couldn’t imagine that I’d enjoy road biking all that much. Not to mention, I’m scared of getting side-swiped (or hit!) by a car, and I don’t find hanging out on roads very peaceful.

bike-snow-aprilHowever, I will admit that winter and mud season are long here, and the mountain biking season is without a doubt short. Here in the high country, we’re lucky if we get 3-4 months a year of dry, rideable trails. Our county has a fantastic bike path system, with over 100 miles of paved “trails”. This makes the road biking season at least 2 months longer than the mountain biking season. They even plow some sections of the bike path in the springtime!

Although I probably won’t ever love road biking the way I love mountain biking, I’ve grown to really find joy in it. Thanks to our great local bike path system, I can mostly avoid roads. I put my music on, and I just go! This year we didn’t get a lot of snow, so they plowed the bike path in late March…although we’ve had snow on and off since then, I’ve gotten out to ride on most nice days. It’s such a nice alternative to my past mud season exercise routine of going to the gym every day!

Anyways, I’ve been working on a series of road biking paintings, inspired by my (relatively) new hobby. It’s been really neat to work on a painting for a bit, go ride, and then come back and paint some more. There’s this cycle of energy that happens: the creative energy from the painting fuels me for my ride, then the physical energy from the ride comes back with me to the easel when I paint again. I especially like to paint right after a ride!

Here’s one of my new paintings, fresh off the easel:

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I’ve continued pushing my color boundaries beyond what might be realistic. I think the energy of riding really comes through emotionally in the sky of this painting. What do you think?

Stay tuned – I’ll be posting more cycling paintings soon!

Oil Painting for the First Time in Six Years

For the past several years, I’ve pretty much only painted in acrylic. Until recently, the last time I painted in oils was about 6 years ago. Oil paints are more expensive, they make more of a mess, and some of the associated chemicals can be quite toxic. For many years, it didn’t make sense for me to paint in oils.

When we were in Costa Rica over the holidays, we stayed at an AirBnB property in Mal Pais. Even though it wasn’t our favorite apartment, our host was wonderful and also happens to be an artist. She paints in oils and her work is all over the guest apartment. Her studio is actually the covered outdoor space outside her apartment, below the guest apartment. While she didn’t paint while we were visiting, her supplies were all set up and the outdoor shed was filled to the brim with huge canvas frames. Most of her work is of dark, stormy oceanscapes, and they’re filled with emotion.

Something about seeing her oil painting supplies all lined up, smelling the vague scent of the paints, and seeing her beautiful paintings hanging on the walls, stirred something in me. I remembered several years ago when I painted consistently with oils how creative and happy and I felt. I decided then that I would try oil painting again.

A few weeks later, back at home, I sat down to paint in oils for the first time since 2009. I was apprehensive at first, not feeling sure if I remembered the correct way to mix the medium or lay my paints out on the palette. But as soon as I put the brush on the canvas, my anxieties melted away. Here is the finished piece, “Colors on the Lake”:

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I loved painting this piece. I’ve had a goal to loosen up my brushstrokes in my work, and it is SO MUCH EASIER with oils! Especially in dry Colorado, acrylic paint dries very quickly (and even more quickly if you are trying to paint plein aire!). I love that the colors turned out so vibrant – much more so than in most of my acrylic work.

Since finishing this painting, I have done some more work in acrylic, and while I still enjoy it, I look forward to painting in oil again very soon. And hopefully very often!

“Colors on the Lake” is available to purchase here.

Reliving an Adventure through Painting

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about my ski trip to the Opa’s Taylor hut in the backcountry near Aspen. I knew when I was on that trip that I would paint some of the amazing sights we witnessed while we were out exploring the backcountry. Since I blogged about the trip, I received many comments (both in person and on social media) about how gorgeous my photos were. I was a bit surprised, since they were all taken with my iphone! But it was great motivation to get a painting done as soon as I could.

So, I decided to take my favorite photo from that post and paint it:

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This photo was taken at the end of the first day, as we were settling into the hut, building a fire, making appetizers and drinks, and relaxing. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy 🙂

This will be my first time blogging about my painting process, so I’ll walk you through my set-up.

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I work in a corner of my office, which also doubles as one of our guest rooms. The room has East and South facing windows, so it’s nice and bright all day. During the day I find I don’t need any additional lighting, unless it’s really gloomy out. I like to work from photos, and I like the way a monitor illuminates photos so that they feel more real than a printed photograph. I also only have a very basic office printer which doesn’t print photos well, and I like to avoid wasting paper and ink. So I use my 8-year-old Dell laptop (which refuses to connect to the internet and is missing keys anyway) as my monitor for painting. If you look closely at the photo above, you can see smears of paint it has accumulated over the last couple years of using it in this manner.

I spread out my paints, brushes and palette on the table, get Pandora or a podcast going on my fancy-schmancy MacBook Pro (which is out of reach of any paint splatters, don’t worry!!), and I set to work.

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For this particular painting, I did do a quick sketch on the canvas in pencil before applying paint. Sometimes I do this, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes if the composition is simple, I jump right in with heavy layers of paint. Or sometimes I draw in an “underpainting” with a thin layer of paint, although I tend to do this more when I work with oils. Today I worked in acrylic.

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I usually start painting the background first and move forward to the foreground. So I started with the darker colors in the sky and kept building upon that.

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As you can see I don’t bother wearing real clothes for painting as I tend to be messy with my paints and can’t keep them off of anything. I also don’t wear my wedding rings as cleaning them is a pain. Check out the big ol’ hole in my left elbow – sexy!

Once I finished with the sky, I moved onto the mountains. I blocked in the purple color but left the detail for later.

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Sorry this one is a little blurry – I think I was getting a little excited as the painting started to come together! As I painted, I relived the memories from the weekend at the hut. As the sun set the night that the photo was taken, I felt a feeling of supreme contentment that I only feel after a big day of adventure. There is something about accomplishing a huge hike, ski or bike ride, and then spending the evening talking and laughing with friends (over copious amounts of good food and wine, of course!), that is just so satisfying. I love the tired, happy feeling of sitting in front of a wood stove and relaxing after a challenging yet fun day being outside.

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Next I filled in the snowy sections, which were also purplish like the mountains. I then painted the trees, as well as the roof and the floor of the deck that wraps around the hut:

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I like to flip my canvas upside down regularly. Sometimes this is to make sure the composition still works, but in this case, it was so I could easily paint the sharp edges of the roof, post and railing of the hut at all of the different angles. I can’t say I’m particularly good with straight edges (this is why I don’t usually paint architecture), so I’ll do anything I can do to make it a little easier!

Finally I went back to the mountains and filled in the detail, making up the rocks, cliffs and trees in the distance.

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And here is the finished painting! I am thrilled with how this one turned out. The process goes differently for just about every painting – sometimes things go very smoothly, sometimes I hit road blocks (artist’s block, I suppose), and other times I get frustrated with how a painting looks half way through and I want to quit (once in a while I do). But this was one of the times things just flowed; I never got hung up on any one element. It was a complete joy to paint from start to finish. Maybe it was because of the memories tied to the experience of the hut trip. Or maybe it was just dumb luck. Whichever it was, I loved, loved, loved painting this piece!

This painting is available for sale here on my website. If you have any questions or comments about this piece, my process, my hut trip, or anything else, please leave your comments below, or contact me! Thanks for reading!

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