This is a little one-room cabin at the McGraw Ranch near Estes Park, Colorado. I worked at the ranch in the '80s and ended up being caretaker of the place when it was being sold to the government. Lucky for me, it took an act of congress (literally) to get the funds necessary for the sale - so the caretaker job lasted a little longer than I first thought it would.
The ranch is now part of Rocky Mountain National Park. At first the Park Service wanted to bulldoze the buildings, but fortunately the National Historic Society stepped in and saved them. This little cabin is one of the oldest buildings still standing on the ranch, although I think the barn might be a little older.
A few weeks ago, I did a little plein air study that went south on me. As is often the case when painting outdoors, conditions went from bad to worse quickly. Scattered clouds turned into heavy, dark clouds and persistent gusty winds sent me heading for my truck in a hurry. I figured I'd re-work the painting when I got back to my place, but I didn't get around to it until today. I lightened-up the sky quite bit, and tried to more accurately capture the color of the local brush. I'll let it dry for a few days and then I'll decide if I want to put it up for auction.
Well, we got a lot of snow here last night... (it is the middle of May, isn't it?)... but it was sunny a couple of days ago and I managed to do this little plein air painting... not much to say about it except: I love those big ol' ponderosas.
This old barn and it's big red fence are at a farm on the edge of Niwot, Colorado. I thought they'd make a nice springtime painting because the go so well with all the beautiful green that's popping-up all over.