With the birth of my second son Elliot, my schedule has become much more child-focused. And I love it. While I usually paint many plein air paintings each year, this summer has been more studio-based for painting. I have only gone out in the field four times. Three for the Land Trust. The first time, it poured. The second, I was called back home for reasons to do with children. Three times the charm.
After spending a while looking for inspiration at one location, I moved to Emily’s Ponds along the Snake River. I have been there more times than I can remember but have never painted. By the time I arrived, the sun had set and it was too late to set up to paint. I had to sketch fast to get the last light before it was completely gone. It was so still and rich with the sounds of birds. I loved my time sketching followed by a period just taking it all in, memorizing the scene, the feeling of it all. Now – in my studio, it is a great place to revisit and recreate.