SHARING THE JOURNEY – DAY FOUR

On my last day in Crested Butte, I painted on Elk Avenue again, this time in the sunshine – but still cold! I choose the old white gas station with green trim, an odd shaped building, now a museum. A passerby took my photo as I painted and sent it to me. I also was painting with a new painter friend, Nicholas Reti, who lives and shows at Oh Be Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte, here he is talking with a friend painting on the corner.
I was working outdoors on a 30 x 40 canvas, the wind was beginning to pick up; and I needed to be on my way to Telluride. As I was trying to finish a group of school kids with their teacher came by and halted in line, gathering gathering to regroup.  I quickly took a picture of the colorful group as I was packing up. The painting still needed something? That night in my Telluride studio, I worked from the photo on my computer and added the kids… here are pics of the painting before and after this addition.

SHARING THE JOURNEY DAY TWO

Crested Butte – Day Two, it snowed all night; and I awoke to much white stuff all around! I set up to paint main street (AKA: Elk Avenue).  I worked fast trying to capture the street before it became mushy and brown with muddy dirt – and I had to hurry as parked cars would soon obstruct the view.

The snow continued; and I changed locations to the edge of town where a group of old barns are. The sky was darkened and grey with the snowfall. I painted a simple scene with a very strong composition of the structure of the barn against the snowy grey sky.

As I painted the black crows would caw at me and fly about. At the end of the painting they posed for me and I put them in the grey sky. Just in time as my feet and hands were getting cold and worn from the elements. A good day of snow painting – plein air at its best. A wonderful time, alone lost in the snowfall.

SHARING THE JOURNEY DAY THREE

Crested Butte – Day Three  Morning painting – plein air – after the snow storm,  Barns and Mount Crested Butte in background. Chilly, cold, crisp – blinding sunshine and blue shadows. A 30 x 36 to start the day of painting! My adrenalin rushed and heart pounded as I painted like a madman. I painted quick and furious – to capture this simple pristine moment. Success! I still get goose bumps when I look at this painting!

Afternoon sunshine appears – winds approach. Plein air in the snow, heavy snow the day and night before. Wonderful simple composition, the old Crested Butte barn atop a hill, dark against the white meadow of snow. A hay catapult and warm willows dress the scene. My easel setup, my plein air studio and painting freshly done.