Sunday, December 10, 2017

Down on the Bitterroot

Down on the Bitterroot

Missoula, MT

6x9 watercolor
No detail needed when a freezing fog obscures the landscape. Down on the Bitterroot River, the landscape faded into the fog. The color gray prevailed.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Morning on Salmon Lake

Morning on Salmon Lake

Seeley-Swan Valley, MT

6x9 watercolor
The waters are still calm on Salmon Lake early on a Saturday morning, at least before the boaters arrive. The water shifts in the early morning light as it slips from the dark morning shadows. $100

Monday, July 10, 2017

Out on Higgins Avenue

Out in Higgins Avenue

Missoula, MT

6x9 watercolor
Things move quickly at the intersection of Higgins Avenue and Broadway in downtown Missoula, at least when you're trying to capture the moment in a plein air water sketch. $150

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Morning in the South Hills

Sunday Morning in the South Hills

Missoula, MT

6x9 watercolor
I've been painting quick watercolor sketches in downtown Missoula for years. Looking for something fresh and unfamiliar, I head across the valley to the South Hills, where I found Gharrett Street still in shadows. It's a rather aesthetic street when it comes to a quick plein air watercolor sketch. $150

Lolo Peak

Lolo Peak

Missoula, MT

6x9 watercolor
On Memorial Day, I hiked up Blue Mountain just west of Missoula, found a log upon which to sit, and made this quick sketch of the clear views of Lolo Peak, which at the time was still capped in snow. And then I ran out of paint and never completely finished the painting, but I liked how it turned out regardless.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Urbania

Urbania

Missoula, MT

6x9 watercolor
Compared to the architecture and design of downtown Missoula, the urban fringes are a cluster of signs, speeding cars and general chaos. Whoever decided this was a good use of land and aesthetics should be brought back from the grave to answer for the mess. All that aside, it makes for an interesting sketch at this particular moment in time.

Bit by Bit

Bit by Bit

Missoula, MT

6x9 watercolor
I don't like the way this one turned out, but it still chronicles the changes. Now that most of the Mercantile is gone, less the portion in the back of this sketch, the crumbling innards of the old structure are scattered about like a straw bale dropped from the roof of a barn. Over the next year, construction of a new hotel will fill this downtown corner.