This is a quick study I did from a plein air painting I did a couple of years back that my Mom has. I'm thinking of doing a larger studio painting of it, and I wanted to play around with the placement of the junipers a little.
The original plein air painting was done at the Hall Ranch in the foothills near Lyons, Colorado when I was painting with my (then) ten year old son in tow. He was big on The Jeff Corwin Show at the time, and spent the whole time turning over rocks looking for lizards and rattle snakes. Fortunately, he didn't find any.
My Mom, who is also an avid hiker, had hiked this trail about the same time, so she ended up with the original painting.
This was from a few days ago when it looked like we might be winning our battle against winter. These willows were at the south end of Lily Lake In Rocky Mountain National Park. The sun was shining and the snow was melting fast. I think it's snowed a couple of feet up there since then.
When I painted this, I hastily scribbled the title "Last Snow" on the back - that was wishful thinking... the next day we got wallopped by a vicious spring snowstorm, and now- three days later - the snow is starting to fly again. Ah, Springtime in the Rockies!
This is the first painting I've posted on my new blog. I really enjoyed my old one (short-lived as it was), and I'm looking forward to once again keeping a journal of my daily paintings.